ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A warning from the Dougherty County Sheriff's office urges you to keep a close watch your credit report.
The Georgia State Intelligence Network has alerted local law enforcement agencies the possible security breach of Home Depot could be a huge crime issue.
Sheriff's Investigators say you need to take the threat from recent hack's of large chain stores seriously.
Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Captain Craig Dodd said "You have to protect yourself."
Home Depot has reported they are investigating possible security breach, and experts have warned it could be even bigger than the Target financial identity thefts.
Dodd said "Home Depot got hit really hard. They are saying possibly tens of millions of people's accounts, worldwide."
The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's office both say they are fielding identity theft complaints at a high rate now, and know that number could increase if the Home Depot breach is correct. Investigators say criminals, most in foreign countries, are targeting huge American corporations data banks daily, looking to steal your financial information, along with thousands of others.
Dodd said "They can then take it back to your bank, and they can take it back to all your other credit cards and your other credit institutions, that you've dealt with. It's all there."
Investigators urge South Georgians to check your credit reports at least once a month, to protect your financial identity from these security breaches, because these institutions are under attack. And you need to protect your financial information.