As part of a free community service to prevent identification theft, Travis Credit Union and Data-Safe are holding a document shredding and ID protection event in Richmond next month.
On Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon, free expert advice and resources for protecting personal information from ID thieves will be offered at the Travis Credit Union branch at Hilltop Plaza, 3300 Klose Way in Richmond.
Also, residents and small businesses can bring up to three boxes or paper grocery bags of documents that the bank will shred, free of charge.
“Shredding sensitive paper documents is an important first step, but it doesn’t end there,” said Barry Nelson, president and CEO of Travis Credit Union. “That’s why Travis Credit Union will also distribute important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off.”
Last year, 8.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $45 billion, according a report from Javelin Strategy and Research. About 56-percent of the thefts occur when the thief had direct contact with the victim’s personal information, through a stolen or lost wallet or rifling through a personal mailbox or trashcan, according to the report.