Va. Deactivates Nearly 4,000 Benefits Cards After Target Security Breach

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A customer prepares to sign a credit card slip at a Target store on Dec. 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Target announced that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts of customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have been stolen.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A customer prepares to sign a credit card slip at a Target store on Dec. 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia has deactivated nearly 4,000 state-issued electronic benefits cards due to the recent security breach at Target Corp. stores.

The EPPICards are used by people receiving benefits such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and child support.

Target revealed in December that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts were stolen between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

The Virginia Department of Social Services tells media outlets that nearly 4,000 EPPICards were used at Target stores during this period.

The department says the EPPICard program’s vendor, Xeros, blocked the affected cards Wednesday. The cards are being replaced.

Customers can call EPPICard Customer Service at 800-961-8423 for more information.

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