Protect your identity — visit free shred events

Document+Shredding.jpgWith the ocean of financial documents we all have — ATM receipts, credit card statements, bills, unsolicited credit offers and much more — it’s no wonder identify theft is a growing problem.

To help businesses and individuals protect themselves from identity thieves First Citizens Bank in Knoxville is offering free document shredding events next month.

On Oct. 5, the bank and the Knox Housing Partnership are sponsoring a “Finance Day and Shred Event” from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the housing partnership, 109 Winona St., Knoxville. The public is invited.

Lynn Golden, financial services manager of the First Citizens Bank, and Yvonne Hall with the Knox Housing Partnership, will discuss financial literacy, first-time homebuyer education and identity theft protection, according to a press release.

Cintas Document Management will have a shredder truck available to destroy any financial documents you no longer want. The shredding service is free.

First Citizens will sponsor another shred event on Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Parkside branch, 10118 Parkside Drive, in West Knoxville.

The Council of Better Business Bureaus and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling previously announced that shred events were planned nationwide for the Protect Your Identity Week on Oct. 17-23.

Tips for protecting your identify can be found at the Better Business Bureau website.

Photo: Associated Press