Destroy Documents and Declutter at Chelsea Groton Bank Shred Days
BANK HOSTS THREE FREE SECURE & SAFE SHREDDING AND RECYCLING EVENTS
If piles of old bank statements, bills, tax returns and other sensitive records are stacking up, Chelsea Groton Bank is offering the chance to shred it and forget it. As it has for more than ten years, the mutual community bank is providing FREE secure document shredding services to raise awareness about protecting confidential information to avoid identity theft.
“The number of people who are victimized because sensitive data is stolen continues to rise,” said Lori Dufficy, EVP, Director of Sales & Service at Chelsea Groton. “Although criminals are increasingly using cyber attacks to gain access to personal information online, we encourage everyone to properly dispose of hard copy documents that can literally put their financial future in the wrong hands.”
To make the process quick and convenient, three separate Shred Days will be available at various Chelsea Groton Bank locations:
- October 5 from 9am - 12pm at the Center Groton Branch, 1319 Gold Star Highway, Groton
- October 26 from 9am - 12pm at the North Stonington Branch, 391 Norwich Westerly Rd., North Stonington
- November 16 from 9am - 12pm at the Westside Branch, 444 West Main St., Norwich
Everyone is invited to take advantage of this opportunity to get rid of unwanted paperwork. Simply bring boxes of documents to any of the events and bank representatives will ensure everything is destroyed. Once shredded, the paper will be recycled.
Chelsea Groton is also urging people to take proactive measures to protect their online identity. “You should never share your user ID and password with anyone, even for joint account holders,” says Dufficy. “Use caution when conducting business online. Do you know the company or individual you’re online with? Lastly, be watchful when opening attachments or links provided in an email. If you hover over a link without clicking it, you’ll notice the full URL of the link’s destination. Do you recognize the website? If not, do not open.”
To further educate the public about protecting personal information, the Bank offers free online classes through Chelsea U on topics ranging from “Identity Theft and Scams for Retirees,” to “Protecting Your Identity While Online Dating.” Anyone, regardless of if they are a bank customer, can access Chelsea U. A full list of education programs and resources is available on the Bank’s website.
“Our entire team is always available to answer questions about protecting your financial, personal and account information,” concludes Dufficy. “We can also direct to you resources if you are unsure about how long you are legally required to keep records like tax returns and loan documents.”