Officials: Two people used fake credit cards that may be linked to Target data breach

Police didn't say if the pair were directly involved in the data breach or merely purchased stolen card information

Two Mexican nationals have been arrested in Texas after they allegedly attempted to enter the U.S. with fraudulent credit cards that could be tied to the massive Target data breach.

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested Mary Carmen Vaquera Garcia and Daniel Dominguez Guardiola, both of Monterrey, Mexico, on Sunday at a bridge connecting Mexico and the U.S., according to a news release.

These two fugitives were detected by our CBP frontline officers due to our ability to query everyone seeking to enter the United States at our ports of entry, said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas, in a statement. Having access to law-enforcement databases allows us to apprehend outstanding fugitives for other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Garcia and Guardiola pulled up to the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge on Sunday morning, whereupon they presented officials with Mexican passports and U.S. visas, according to the news release: "A CPB officer received a primary systems lookout for both indicating possible arrest warrants, therefore both travelers were secured and escorted to secondary for further inspection."

The pair's identities were confirmed along with the presence of arrest warrants for credit card misuse issued by the McAllen, Texas police department.

"Apparently, both individuals had been involved in credit card misuse/abuse where fraudulent or alleged cloned cards had been utilized to make purchases at local retail stores in McAllen," according to the news release. CPB officers found nearly 100 allegedly fake credit cards on Garcia and Guardiola, it adds.

CBP officers arrested them and then turned them over to McAllen police, according to the release.

McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez told the Monitor newspaper that his department suspects the cards were tied to the Target data breach.

Rodriguez didn't tell the paper whether police believe the pair were directly involved in the data breach, or merely purchased stolen card information.

More information on the arrests wasn't immediately available but was expected to be released during a news conference later Monday.

Target officials have said up to 110 million customers may have been affected by the breach, which occurred during the busy holiday shopping season. When it first announced the breach, Target said about 40 million customers were affected.

The retailer has told customers they won't be liable for any fraudulent charges associated with the breach, and is offering them a year of credit monitoring at no charge.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is

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"Target officials said up to 110 million customers may have been affected by the breach."

Data Breach They Say It’s Just an ‘Inconvenience’ – Reality; It’s a Breach of Trust.
Just got the Target corporate email regarding the Cyber Breach, Loss of My Personal Data and the rhetoric promise to make good (likely sincere, although was the corporate cookie cuter edition).

For starters, these words fall menacing short on relief from any insecurity and feelings of breach of trust for customers (and I do like the Target stores).
Corporations need to take peoples privacy very seriously as it is more than just an "inconvenience". That word ‘inconvenience’ flamed feelings of distrust even more as at least two CBS news reports attempted to down-play just how damaging breaches can be and how valuable ones Identity and Privacy is to the underworld. (CBS correspondent Conor Knighton and David Pogue (Yahoo Tech Columnist; both made brainless remark “it’s just an ‘inconvenience’, it won’t really hurt you.”)



Why these corporate data breaches are so threatening? Ever hear of the techie term ‘Data Mining’ - once the personal data is obtained, your personal email and/or credit account can now be targeted and hacked by attempting to use the info obtained (or variations) gathered from the first data breach. If successful (and percentages are lucrative), the perpetrators can now access your credit and credit info, skim your email looking for correspondence from banks, purchases, realtors or anything that’s pertinent to your finances and identity, even email from family and friends that now may lead to them also being targeted and it branches out from there in obtaining as much ID information as possible over a very long period where you are the one left to chase it all down to protect you and family and not because of something you did but because big business (as always) chooses to bare the least burden (and cost of protecting your world in this case – even if obligated by law) over make the most profit it can. “66% of the breaches report took months or even years to discover and 69% of breaches were spotted by an external party. (2013 Data Breach Report by Verizon and 19 contributing agencies).

Data Breach and ID-Theft are the second biggest crime in America, heading for first place and reaching a global scale, threatening our personal information to defraud us in a 24/7 operation. Of the 16 million victims notified in 2012 that their payment card information was compromised in a data breach, more than 25% of them also suffered identity theft, according to a new study” (reports - InfoSecurity-Magazine). In about 7% of people ages 16 and up were victims of identity theft in 2012. That’s over 12 million Americans who had to deal with the aftermath of identity theft, resulted in over $21 billion in losses to victims and businesses - Bureau of Justice Statistics.

You can find more helpful information on ID Theft Prevention, Protection and Resolution Services at MyStolenID.

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