A popular retail chain, with locations in Michiana, says customer information has been stolen from its computer systems.
TJX companies, operating TJ Maxx and Marshalls announced the theft.
Anyone who has used their credit card, debit card, paid by check or returned merchandise over the past few months may have had their personal information stolen.
Michelle Lucchese of Elkhart is, “Shocked and a little worried."
Michelle says she, “Spent a lot of money on a credit card."
The parent company of TJ Maxx says its computerized credit card system was hacked just before Christmas, and some customer information was stolen.
Company Chairman and acting CEO Ben Cammarata says, "Since discovering this crime, we have been working diligently to further protect our customers and strengthen the security of our computer systems and we believe customers should feel safe shopping in our stores."
Suzanne Kennedy shops at TJ Maxx about once a month and addressed the situation with her cashier. "She said that they were looking into it, that it was safe to use the credit card today," Kennedy said. "I just hope and pray that everything will be alright."
At Marshalls, another TJX company, customers are concerned and keeping an eye on their credit.
Jan Hershberger says, “I usually check most of my receipts, my bills to make sure everything on there is mine. So, so far, so good."
TJX officials caution consumers who might be affected by the security breach to carefully review credit and debit card statements for unauthorized use. Also, notify your credit or debit card company if you suspect someone else has used your information.
The company has set-up a Customer Help Line and has information on its website.
You can call the Customer Help Line at 866-484-6978. Or, visit their website at www.tjx.com.
Those familiar with the TJX investigation say the probe is dating back to transactions that happened within the past few months, which could leave millions of credit cards potentially exposed to fraud.