January 26, 2007
If you used your credit card at TJ Maxx around Christmastime, you might want to double-check your account. Hackers got into the computer system at TJ Maxx's parent companies and stole account information from numerous customers.
The computer breach was discovered last December.
It turns out the thieves may have crucial information from people who shopped at TJ Maxx and its sister stores like Marshalls, Homegoods and Homesense.
The company says this could affect people who shopped at the stores between May and December of 2006 and people who shopped there in the entire year of 2003.
Those stolen cards are being used. There are reports of use in several states and as far away as Hong Kong and Sweden.
Company officials say they are working to strengthen the security of their computers to keep something like this from happening again.
If you think your card may have been compromised, you can call 1-866-484-6978 or you can call your credit card company.