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BRENTWOOD, Mo. (KMOX/AP) - Some shoppers in Brentwood are having second thoughts about going into Target after hearing about the massive theft of credit card numbers used there.

“I don’t want to shop there now because I always use a credit card,” a woman said outside the store Thursday.

“It definitely makes me want to go home and check all the charges. I know I’m going to keep a close eye on it but now it really makes me wonder,” another shopper said.

Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear.

“It’s like getting cold water in your face. I’m in this Christmas bliss, go charge and spend and wrap up all your presents under the tree,” one woman added.

The chain said that accounts of customers who made purchases using their cards at its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have been exposed. The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards.

The Minneapolis company said it immediately told authorities and financial institutions once it became aware of the breach and that it is teaming with a third-party forensics firm to investigate the matter and prevent future breaches.

Target said it is putting all “appropriate resources” toward the issue.

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