Jax Federal Credit Union will host a free shred day and fraud prevention seminar at its headquarters on Feb. 8.
According to the Federal Trade Commission’s 2019 Consumer Sentinel Network, Florida ranked first in the nation for its per capita rate of fraud reports and fourth in the nation for identity theft reports. Shredding documents with sentsitive personal information, such as a Social Security Number or financial account details, can help reduce the risk of being targeted for these types of crimes.
“Each year, we provide free shred day events that allow members of the community to safely destroy sensitive documents that can’t be recycled, due to the personal information contained on the pages. Last year alone, our members and guests shredded more than 44,000 pounds of documents,” said Joe Nowland, president and CEO of Jax Federal Credit Union. “We are proud to expand our program this year to include an educational seminar about the latest fraud and identity theft risks. We believe that knowledge is power and want to help our members be smart and avoid many of the scams that we are seeing in our community.”
The shred day will begin at 9 a.m. and run until the shred trucks are full. Guests are limited to four paper bags of documents per person; plastic bags will not be accepted. Only documents with sensitive personal information should be shredded, such as pay stubs, financial statements, pre-approved credit card offers, medical records and tax forms. Papers must be free of paper clips and staples. Magazines and catalogs should be recycled at home or a designated facility.
The fraud prevention seminar will begin at 10 a.m. and run for approximately one hour, with additional time for questions. Attendance is limited to 50 guests. Advance registration is required; participants may register online at jaxfcu.org/shred-day.
Both events are open to any members of the Northeast Florida community, regardless of their membership status with the credit union. Jax Federal Credit Union membership is open to anyone who lives, learns, works or worships in Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Baker and Nassau Counties. To learn more about membership with Jax Federal Credit Union, visit jaxfcu.org.
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