Valdosta Daily Times


January 12, 2014

Target card theft even larger than thought

VALDOSTA — Target announced late last week that the security breach of cards used at its stores has grown to more than 110 million now, and is not confined to just the few days of post-Thanksgiving. So if you’ve used a debit or credit card at Target in the last month or so, please check on your accounts.

The breaches are significant and may even include email addresses, which means, according to Target, that you may get an email “phishing” for information so they can access your pin numbers, passwords or security questions. Target says if you receive an email that looks like it’s from the company, requesting additional information of a personal nature, don’t answer it and call the company.

The best way to combat the thefts is to keep an eagle eye on your accounts and if there is anything suspicious, or even if you just feel uneasy, work with your bank and credit card companies to issue you a new card with a new pin, etc.

These types of breaches are all too common and apparently far too easy for criminals. They’re not new, but are not stopping either, despite upgraded security measures, so it’s always best to track your accounts continuously.


Business Roundup

It looks like in addition to a Dunkin’ Donuts on Northside and Patterson, we may be getting another Starbucks in that general area, up on Inner Perimeter. I’ll keep you posted.

I’ve been told the cycle dealership on Bemiss is closed. Does anybody have more information?

And Jerry Mercer physical therapy closed right after the new year.

Creekside Tavern will reopen for business on Jan. 22. The restaurant is being remodeled and will emphasize the great food with new types of entertainment and earlier closing hours.

Expect the new Dollar General to open on North Valdosta Road any day now. The land where the old tobacco barn had stood for decades in Hahira is completely clear now and ready for another DG to be built there as well, to replace the one right next to it.

Still don’t know when the new Italian restaurant, Gondoliers, on Norman Drive will be finished, and waiting on word as well about the Mill Pizza and Buffet in the Remerton Mill Plaza.

Work continues on the Aspen Dental Clinic on Norman Drive next to Goodwill, and also on the new location for the Medicine Shoppe, which is moving to the North Ashley Professional Plaza.

A reader asked about the Publix inserts, and yes, you should have gotten one last week on Wednesday. If you don’t get one again this week, please call the VDT circulation department and let them know.

I was also asked about the future of Red Lobster. The parent company, Darden, has been in the news recently saying they are going to spin off Red Lobster from the rest of their restaurants and either sell the chain or make it a separate company, but no, I have not heard that it’s closing.

That’s about it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!

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