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Thousands of Western Mass residents affected by data breach

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FLORENCE, MA (WSHM) -

Thousands of residents in Western Mass were affected by the massive data breach at retail giant Target.

About 40 million people around the country have had their credit and debit card information compromised. Officials reported Monday that PIN numbers were also compromised. Officials said the PIN information was encrypted.

Florence Savings Bank in Florence, MA, said there were about 3,000 of their customers affected by the breach. Senior Vice President and Marketing Director Monica Curhan said it was decided to replace all of the debit cards of affected customers.

Curhan said it was not unusual for hackers to sit on the stolen information for months before trying to use the stolen data. It is not always the case. She suggested everyone check their statements often, regardless of what bank or credit card company they use. Curhan also said customers should contact their institution immediately if there were unauthorized charges on their bill.

Some banks and credit card companies will reimburse customers for fraudulent charges, but not all of them. Curhan said customers of Florence Savings Bank would be reimbursed for fraudulent charges.

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