By Pam Cain
AVP, Peoria Branch Manager
NMLS # 662881
Last year, 7 percent of U.S. residents over age 16 were victims of identity theft, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The most common type of ID theft was the misuse of an existing account . . . primarily fraudulent use of a bank account or credit card or the misuse of a telephone, online or insurance account.
The Bureau says 45 percent of the victims discovered the incident when the financial institution contacted them about suspicious activity. Another 18 percent noticed fraudulent charges on their account. The one thing most victims had in common: they had no idea how the offender obtained their information.
One of the best ways to make sure no one gets your personal account information is to shred documents with personal data. Since you sometimes have more documents than a personal shredder was meant to handle, INB is hosting a community-wide shred event from 9 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 at our branch office, 7535 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria.
Confidential Security, the service which handles our Peoria facility’s shredding, will be on hand to take your papers and make sure they are properly destroyed. You can bring up to five boxes of paper to this free shred event. We’d appreciate any donation – large or small – to benefit Junior Achievement of Central Illinois.
We hope you’ll take advantage of this special opportunity to clear your house of documents you don’t need, and that could lead to someone knowing a little too much about you. You can also drop off the following electronic devices for appropriate and confidential destruction or recycling:
- Flat screen computers and TVs; no large, older style monitors or TVs, please
- Computers and laptops
- Fax machines
NOTE: While you’re at our branch, stop in for free coffee and donuts and to register for a chance to win an Apple Watch®, iPad mini™ 3 or a $100 iTunes® gift card. Or register online. Registration deadline is Oct. 30, 2015.