Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

iAB sponsors free community shred day

Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015

iAB Financial Bank is taking the steps necessary to help you protect your identity by again offering their Annual Free Community Shred Day on Saturday, April 18. With identity theft on the rise as the fastest growing crime in America, iAB is sponsoring this event to enable customers to protect themselves by purging their files of those old, but still confidential, documents.

iAB invites the public to bring up to five boxes of material to be shredded from 9 to 11 a.m. at the iAB Huntington office located at 2845 Guilford Street. This event creates a secure environment for document destruction, with a professional shredding service in attendance to help customers by ensuring proper procedures are followed when handling and destroying paperwork such as old tax forms, credit card applications and bank statements.

“Identity protection is a responsibility we take very seriously at iAB Financial Bank,” stated Michael C. Marhenke, iAB president and CEO. “We want our customers to know we are looking out for them and seek to be their partner in safety and security with respect to their financial information.”

In addition to the free shred event, iAB seeks to stay informed regarding the latest methods of identity theft and/or scams, and along with the American Bankers Association recommends the following methods of protecting yourself and others: Get to know your banker and build a relationship with the people who handle your finances. They can look out for any suspicious activity related to your account. Report any suspected fraud to your bank immediately. Shred sensitive papers. Receipts, banks statements, old tax forms and credit card offers should all be shredded before being thrown away.

Don’t share your secrets. Don’t give out your Social Security number or account information to anyone who contacts you online or over the phone. Protect your PINs and passwords and do not reveal sensitive or personal information on social networking sites. Keep an eye out for missing mail. Fraudsters look for monthly bank or credit card statements, or other mail that might contain your financial information. Monitor your credit report. Order a free copy of your report from one of the three credit reporting agencies at www.annualcreditreport.com. Use online banking to protect yourself. Monitor your financial accounts regularly for fraudulent transactions. Protect your computer. Virus protection should be active and up to date. Look for an “s” after the “http” to be sure the website you are using is secure.

Protect your mobile device. Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices and use caution when downloading apps as they may contain malware with viruses designed to steal your information.