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EPPICards affected by Target security breach

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(WJLA) - Nearly 4,000 Virginia EPPICards were affected by the recent security breach at Target stores nationwide.

EPPICards include child support payments and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits. 

Customer names, debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards may be among the information compromised between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, according to the Virginia Department of Social Services. 

Xerox, the vendor for the EPPICard program, blocked all affected cards on Jan. 1. The company is making calls to affected cardholders indicating that the cards are being replaced and mailed. 

VDSS customers will not be responsible for any fraud.

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

According to Target, 40 million credit and debit cards were affected by the breach. Security experts say it's the second-largest theft of card accounts in U.S. history, surpassed only by a scam that began in 2005 involving retailer TJX Cos.

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