Bank to offer free shredding

A Clinton bank will offer free personal document shredding next weekend.

Citizens First Bank will offer the service to the community from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at the bank’s office at 1442 Lincoln Way.

Citizens First Marketing Director Paula Mayer says identity theft and fraud protection is as important as locking the doors to your house or vehicle.

“Identity theft and fraud are constant challenges and we plan to maintain this as an ongoing event to help the community we serve,” Mayer said. “We are helping consumers learn how to protect themselves, and at the same time, helping them get rid of any documents containing personal information. Participants will be able to watch their sensitive documents being shredded on the spot.”

The community is welcome to bring their personal data for confidential destruction. Anything that may contain personal identifying information such as Social Security numbers, address, date of birth or passwords should be shredded to avoid personal issues such as identity theft or fraud.

Types of items that should be shredded include canceled checks, check registers, bank statements or receipts, loan documents, mortgage documents, brokerage statements, school records, credit card, mortgage and finance solicitations, credit card statements, contracts, personal business papers and credit applications.

Papers in bindery like the paper covers or three ring binders 1-inch or less, or with staples, paperclips, or rubber bands are OK to shred without removing. This service is intended for individuals only.

Citizens First Bank has been offering this service to the community for the past 12 years.


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