First Citizens Bank to sponsor Community Shred event

Published 10:25 am Thursday, April 21, 2022

Free event to help residents protect against identity theft


 First Citizens Bank will sponsor a local shred event on Friday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Columbus branch, 160 W. Mills St. A Shred-It mobile document-shredding truck will destroy unwanted sensitive materials free of charge for all area residents.

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“We’re pleased to offer this shred event to help local residents safeguard their valuable information,” said Greg Burnette, First Citizens area executive. “Providing this service reflects our Forever First commitment to give back to our communities.”

Bank associates will be on hand to provide information about protecting personal information and offer refreshments. The event will be held rain or shine.

Residents are invited to bring old documents such as ATM receipts, checks, tax information, credit card statements, copies of bills, mail and other papers containing personal information that could provide thieves an easy way to steal money or an identity. Boxes are limited to no more than five per person, and no computers or large items.

Dry paper only will be accepted (no plastics, media tapes or cardboard). There is no need to remove staples, paper clips and other bindings and colors do not have to be separated. All materials should be bagged or in boxes and containers for quick, easy disposal. Bags and boxes must be intact, with no rips or tears. Reusable bags, boxes or containers will be returned.

Destroying documents by shredding them into unrecognizable pieces is the safest way to dispose of unwanted materials and provides greater protection against crime. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing forms of consumer fraud in the United States.

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Submitted by Frank Smith