RICHMOND -- The Virginia Department of Social Services cancelled nearly 4,000 EPPICards, the electronic benefits cards used for some child support payments and 'Temporary Assistance for Needy Families' benefits. Those cards were among the 40 million credit and debit cards nationwide that were impacted by a security breach at Target.
Atotal of 3,986 Virginia EPPICards were used at Target stores between November 27th and December 15th -- the time period when card data was stolen. Those affected cards were blocked on January 1.
'I feel like she was more robbed than I was,' said Angela Hobbs of Chesapeake, referring to her 5-year-old daughter, Meghan.
Hobbs, a single mother of two, told 13News Now she uses her child support debit card at Target almost daily. In fact, she was at Target on Christmas Eve when someone in Great Britain drained almost $100 from her account.
Hobbs' account is among the nearly 4,000 now frozen. She explained she hasn't been able to access roughly $300 earmarked for groceries and school. Hobbs added she had to give a babysitter an IOU.
'I had to inconvenience her and tell her I couldn't pay her until I got this money, because there's nothing I really could do,' said Hobbs.
The State is reaching out to those who were impacted and will be mailing new cards out. Customers will not be responsible for any fraud that occurs due to their theft of their card information.
Customers can call EPPICard customer service at 800-961-8423 for more information.