BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A breach of more than 2,000 Home Depot stores in the United States and Canada could turn out to be one of the biggest in history. If you bought anything at The Home Depot stores between April and now with a debit or credit card, you should check your account now.
Officials with Home Depot say any purchases made online at
were not affected by the breach.
The breach at Home Depot goes as far back as April of this year.
The exact number of customer affected is unknown, but 60 million consumer credit cards could have been stolen.
Authorities say there are ways you can protect yourself from being a victim, and it is important to monitor your accounts.
"You want to stay on top of that as many times of the day as you can, and if you notice something that is abnormal, contact your bank immediately," said Captain Lee Rice with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Financial Crimes Division.
Captain Rice says changing your debit card PIN once in a while could help prevent fraudulent charges.
If you believe your account(s) have been compromised, you are urged to contact your bank or card company and go to
Joseph Armant, who runs his own business and goes to Home Depot frequently, said he is a bit frightened about Home Depot's breach, but is sticking with them.
"Oh most definitely," said Armant. "It's not going to stop me from shopping there because everything that's man made break."
The Home Depot website put this message up concerning the breach:
Customer update on payment breach