Fraud issues changing how some use cards

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — For many people, carrying cash has become a thing of the past.

With the increasing prevalence of debit cards, gift cards and credit cards, carrying cash is just not that common nowadays.

“I use a debit card every time I shop,” Sandra Dowell said. “Rarely do I use cash or a check.”

Cards are convenient. However, when personal safety enters the equation, some shoppers in Birmingham are rethinking what their convenience is worth.

“You get used to using debit cards after writing checks and cash, and then all of this starts,” said Linda Barnes discussing recent fraud issues at a number of stores.

The latest store to alert customers of possible fraud is Michael’s.

An employee at the Michael’s on Highway 280 says business has continued as usual. Customers are still using credit and debit cards to shop at the store.

However, Michael’s has set up a call center for customers who have questions about the data attack.

The data attack goes beyond Michael’s stores, though.

Target recently sent out emails to customers informing them that their personal information, such as email addresses and home addresses, could have been taken as well.

Both Michael’s and Target encourage customers to order their free credit report and to read bank statements carefully. However, some shoppers are worried the troubles are just beginning.

“It’s going to be more and more,” Michelle McKee said, “It seems like that’s the way it’s going. The bad thing about it is no one has cash on them anymore.”

Even though credit cards are convenient, some customers are sticking with cash for now.

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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