Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. It is defined as someone using another person's name and personal information to steal an identity and 10 million Americans are victims of identity theft each year. When the crime is discovered, the crooks move on, leaving their victims to deal with the fraudulent debts. “Don’t put your good name and credit rating at risk for ID theft,” said Bob Kobbeman, President and CEO of Capital City Bank. “Shredding sensitive documents is one way to greatly reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim,” Kobbeman said.
The public is invited to attend a free document shred day on Saturday, November 13 from 9:00 to 11:30 AM at the Capital City Bank parking lot located at 17th & Gage Streets. The event is co-sponsored by Capital City Bank, Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc, and Jayhawk File Express.
“This is a great way to safely and permanently destroy sensitive personal files containing social security numbers, birth dates and other identifying information,” said Bob Mackey, Executive Director of Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. The shred day collection is provided at no charge by Jayhawk File Express and a Jayhawk File Express Security Representative will be on site for the entire event. Jayhawk File Express is certified secure by the National Association for Information Destruction.
“When ID theft happens it is important to take immediate steps to help reduce both the monetary damage and time spent cleaning up your credit report,” Mackey said. The counseling staff at Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. in Topeka recommends that everyone should routinely shred credit card statements, ATM, credit, or debit card receipts, bank deposit receipts, loan solicitations, and other documents that contain private financial information.
Bob Mackey said reliable information about ID Theft may be found at www.ProtectYourIDNow.org. Persons brining documents to shred will receive a free copy of “Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft,” a helpful booklet about how to avoid ID Theft published by the Federal Trade Commission.
“Capital City Bank is very glad to host this event with our community partners,” Kobbeman said. For additional information about the Shred Day contact Capital City Bank at 274-5600 or Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc at 1-800-383-0217 x 330 or go to www.hcci-ks.org.