The Associated Press is reporting that two suspects in the Target credit card breach case may have been arrested in Mexico near the Texas border, according to local police in McAllen, Texas.
From the AP report:
A South Texas police chief says two Mexican citizens who were arrested at the border used account information stolen during the Target security breach to buy tens of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise this month.
Federal officials, however, have said there is not yet any evidence to suggest a link between the arrests and the massive Target credit card breach last December during which thousands of customers’ credit card information was stolen from the retailer’s computer system.
ABC News reports that “a federal official with knowledge of the case said there currently was no connection between the McAllen case and any ongoing investigation into the Target breach, but would not elaborate.”
According to CBS News, McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said 27-year-old Mary Carmen Garcia and 28-year-old Daniel Guardiola Dominguez used cards containing the account information of local residents to buy merchandise at other retailers. Both Garcia and Dominguez are from Monterrey, Mexico.
According to Forbes, the data leaked in the massive breach could contain data on Target shoppers that dates back as far as 10 years and include information such as phone numbers, addresses and email addresses.
After the breach occurred, Target released information to customers about what the should do if they believe their card may have been compromised, including the following bullet points, which offer free credit monitoring to Target customers for one year.
We truly value our relationship with you, our guests, and know this incident had a significant impact on you. We are sorry. We remain focused on addressing your questions and concerns.
- You have zero liability for any charges that you didn’t make.
- No action is required by you unless you see charges you didn’t make.
- Because we value you as our guest and your trust is important to us, Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring to all guests who shopped U.S. stores. Visit creditmonitoring.target.com to request an activation code. View our FAQ on credit monitoring here.
- Your social security number was not compromised.
- Be wary of call or email scams that may appear to offer protection but are really trying to get personal information from you.