Editor's note: The following is taken from a press release issued by the Oswego Police Department.
How Identity Theft Occurs:
- Your personal information is stolen from businesses or other institutions.
- Your personal information is taken from your mailbox or your trash.
- Personal information is captured using “skimming” devices.
- On-line “phishing” scams.
While you cannot fully prevent identity theft, you can certainly minimize the possibility of becoming a victim. By managing your personal information wisely, cautiously and with an awareness of the issue, you can help guard against identity theft.
To assist in thwarting an identity thief the Oswego Police Department is partnering up with Allied First Bank, who have contracted with Accurate Document Destruction Inc., to offer a shredding service free to the community.
Accurate Document Destruction Inc. will be on hand to shred all important personal documents which may include but is not limited to charge receipts, copies of credit card applications, insurance forms, physician statements, checks, bank statements, or expired charge cards and credit offers you get in the mail.
This event will take place on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Allied First Bank, 3201 Orchard Road in Oswego. You may bring up to 3 large file boxes full of papers to be shredded.
Identity theft is a serious crime. Those who are victimized can spend countless hours and money cleaning up the mess the thieves have made of your good name and credit record. Your vigilance in protecting personal information is the key to protecting yourself. For further information regarding Identity Theft please visit the Oswego Police Department website and click on the programs link.