Target Register… Fraud Fear…

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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11740 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d still do Target.  Lots of stores have these fraud things that happen, (just not to this magnitude) and Target owned up about it.  If people don’t want to buy from Target, then they can always give you cash, or they can buy the gift at Target with cash. 

Post # 5
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804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Can you register for some things online?  You can register on Amazon, and I believe people can check things off your registry there regardless of where they purchased them.  If you are really worried you might be able to take some stuff off your Target registry and put it on Amazon.  Personally, I’d leave it be unless you have a lot of guests complaining.

Post # 6
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286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Go ahead and shop at Target! I work in the security/fraud space, so I have a deeper understanding of what exactly happens in this kind of fraud situation than most. Here is a comforting thought for you – It’s probably safer to shop at Target right now than at a lot of other places! Since they just discovered fraudulent activity happening, you can bet that they have everything on a short leash right now and are working hard to make sure nothing else like this happens, meaning updates to their existing systems, new technology if needed, and new strategies. This kind of security is a cat and mouse game, and opportunistic individuals/groups looking to commit fraud are going to hit high value targets (no pun intended). Any shopping you do online or with your debit/credit card can carry this kind of risk.

I agree with previous posters saying that you should feel free to keep your registry at Target. If people don’t want to shop there, that’s up to them.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

They can always go to target and pay cash.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

Yor guests  can always use cash.  I am especially pissed at Target because they were not forthcoming about this in a very timely manner at all.  I have 2 banks and BOTH of them are doing a blanket reissue of cards if the account showed any Target transactions.

Are they keeping a double eagle eye on things now?  Of course they are.  Did they notify the public in a timely fashion when they found out about the security breach?  No, and that is why people are upset with them. 

Given a choice between shopping for you at Target or Wally World I would go to Target.

Post # 9
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9919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Jacquelinesc84:  we’re registered at The Bay (Canadian store) but for Christmas my dad bought us items that were on the registry but at a different store.  I just went in and deleted those items from the registery online.

I would say keep your registry at Target, people can look at it and buy items elsewhere.  If you get the items ahead of time you can change the quanitites yourself.  If you get duplicates hopefully you’ll get the gift reciept to go with the item and you can exchange it – chances are if people buy items from the registry Target will have the record on file and you can use that for your exchange.

As PPs have mentioned, these fraud issues happen ALL THE TIME (I used to work for a bank) they’re just not usually this big.  I actually applaud Target for coming forward and letting people know as soon as they did instead of waiting for the public to go to the media.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

@MsGinkgo:  Bibble,  you are giving entirely too much credit to Target.  The story was busted out by a security expert named Brian Krebs.  Target finally came forth after he made it public.  Here is just one of his articles: http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/12/cards-stolen-in-target-breach-flood-underground-markets/

In reading different articles my POV is that Target was trying to avoid panic amonst its; customers during the heaviest shopping season of the year.  They weren’t looking out for us, they were looking out for themselves.

Post # 11
Hostess
9919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@hermom:  Fair enough – I’m in Canada, it wasn’t an issue here, I’ve only seen a couple of stories about it and haven’t paid a ton of attention to be honest.  I didn’t see it as that big a deal either way because I know it happens all the time.  

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Jacquelinesc84:  We live in a very small area as well, so our choices are limited to Walmart, target, and Kmart when registering (although we are registering for baby).

I still plan to register at Target despite what happened, BUT I also plan to register on Amazon for those who are truly against shopping at Target after what happened, so I am giving people a choice.

I say still register at Target. Maybe register a few items elsewhere just to give people a choice, but I wouldn’t bat an eyelash if I were a guest and saw Target. I’ve already gotten some shit from family regarding my choice to register there, and I figure you can’t please everyone.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Stay registered there, but do a second registry as well.  I shop at non-registry stores all the time, I just call up the registered store to get the item marked as bought.  Most people won’t bother though.

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