Businesses and individuals are invited to attend the 7th annual free document shredding event 9 a.m to noon, Tuesday, April 30, at Central Valley Community Bank, 40004 Highway 41.
Shelle Abbott, vice president branch manager of the Oakhurst branch, said the event allows businesses and individuals to shred confidential files safely and securely. "During tax season in particular, both business and individuals look to assess and discard sensitive documents in an effort to clean house and protect against the rising threat of identity theft and fraud," Abbot said. "As a community partner, Central Valley Community Bank offers this free service to existing and non-bank customers to ease the worry of these threats."
Identity theft and fraud continues to be among the nation's fastest-growing types of fraud. According to the 2013 Identity Fraud Report released by Javelin Strategy & Research, there were 12.6 million victims of identity fraud in the United States in the past year, which equates to one victim every three seconds (see attachment). The number of identity fraud incidents increased by more than one million victims in 2012 and fraudsters stole more than $21 billion, the highest amount since 2009.
"As identity theft and fraud become more prevalent, Central Valley Community Bank is committed to helping the community protect their personal and business information, which is why we provide identity protection tips and resources on our website at cvcb.com and hold these annual free document shredding events," said Dan Doyle, president and CEO of Central Valley Community Bank. "We are holding 15 of these events throughout the Central Valley to give our customers and community members the opportunity to shred their personal information with a company they can trust."
Central Valley Community Bank offices in Madera, Fresno, Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties are providing paper shredding services free of charge, up to a limit of six banker boxes per person or business, and up to shredding truck capacity. Additional boxes will be referred to an alternate location for a fee.