Boise woman hit by debit card thieves after Target security breach

Boise woman hit by debit card thieves after Target security breach

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by Kim Fields

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Posted on January 27, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 5:08 PM

BOISE -- A Boise woman says she's been victimized twice by debit card theft. Once by the massive security breach of Target customers and once from thieves here at home.

"Violated, you feel a little scared because they have been within yards of your home," said Julie Mai.

Mai says while at work last Friday, someone was ringing up hundreds of dollars with her debit card. She had no idea until Chase Bank sent her a text message.

"The text alert I got was 'You're overdrawn,'" said Mai.

Mai says the worst part was the thieves are likely home-grown, as all of the purchases were made at Boise stores and restaurants.

"It was right here in town," said Mai.

Places like Plato's Closet, Michaels, Target, Arby's and a couple of gas stations.

"It's a weird feeling.  A very strange, unsafe feeling," said Mai.

Mai says Chase Bank had mailed her a replacement debit card after she fell victim to the Target security breach, and believes the card was stolen from her mailbox.  She's concerned more people will become victims of debit card theft.

"I actually did check with the bank," said Mai. "All you need to activate the card is the card number and the zip code, which if they have the envelope that the card was mailed in then they obviously have the zip code."

Mai says Chase Bank covered the loss, but she now wants others to know how easily it couple happen to them.

"Really what I want people to know is to be aware," said Mai. "Check your accounts, check your statements. If you feel like you're not comfortable with where your mail is being delivered, get a post office box, which is what I've done."

Boise Police are investigating the crime.

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