Charlotte man joins Target data breach class action

Charlotte man joins Target data breach class action

Charlotte man joins Target data breach class action

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on February 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte man is one of 26 people who have filed lawsuits against Target after a massive data breach compromised the private financial data of at least 40 million people during the holiday shopping season.

Jerron Knox alleges in a class action complaint that he used his debit card at a Target store on Albemarle Road in December 2013, to then, just a month later, have an unauthorized charge wipe out his account.

The lawsuit also alleges Knox got a notice saying someone in China was attempting to use his email address.

Knox's attorney, Gary Jackson, says a bank credited his client for the unauthorized charge, but getting it resolved took weeks.

"He did not have money or sources other than friends or family to buy gas, to buy food. And we've heard this. We've gotten lots of calls from individuals whose stories are even more compelling," Jackson said.

Target said it resolved the problem and offered free credit reporting.

"We don't think one year of credit reporting is sufficient," Jackson said.

Shoppers are still weary.

Bob Gross didn't have unauthorized charges, but got a new debit card and changed his PIN number anyway.

"After a breach like that happens I think is the safest period of time," he said.

"I've been watching my credit card just to make sure there's no charges or stuff there that doesn't belong," said Target shopper Russ Kuenzi.

Knox's lawsuit alleges Target failed to keep his private financial information safe, and for that they should pay.

"The liability here is immense," said Jackson.

Jackson also says motions will be heard March 27 to determine where the class action lawsuits will be handled.

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