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TCU offers ID theft protection, sets document-shredding days

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Nearly 17 million Americans became victims of ID theft last year, a record high compared to the previous year, according to a report from a Pleasanton-based financial advisory firm.

The report, generated by Javelin Strategy and Research, notes that the majority — 56 percent — of identity theft occurs when the thief had direct contact with the victim’s personal information, through a stolen or lost wallet, rifling through a personal mailbox or trashcan, or even lifting documents from inside a home or business.

“This is largely a crime of access,” said Barry Nelson, president and CEO of  Vacaville-based Travis Credit Union. “Our goal here is to make personal information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft.”

To that end, to protect individuals and small businesses, TCU will offer free identity theft protection advice and a pair of free on-site document-shredding events on the first two Saturdays in April.

In partnership with Data-Safe, the gatherings will be from 10 a.m. to noon April 6 at the credit union’s Fairfield branch, 1340 Gateway Blvd.; and at the same time April 13 at corporate offices, One Travis Way, Vacaville.

Both cities’ respective police departments have been invited to attend to answer any questions on fraud prevention, noted Sherry Cordonnier, TCU’s director of corporate relations.

Area residents and small businesses may bring up to three boxes or paper grocery bags of documents to be shredded. For those interested, they may take home the tips and resources they need to help protect their confidential information.

“Shredding sensitive paper documents is an important first step, but it doesn’t end there,” Nelson said in the prepared statement. “That’s why Travis Credit Union will also distribute important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off.”

The 14th largest credit union in California, with more than 203,000 members and more than $3 billion in assets, TCU is a nonprofit, cooperative financial institution serving those who live or work in Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Contra Costa, Yolo, Sacramento, Placer, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Alameda, Colusa, and Merced counties.

For more information, call 1-800-877-8328 or visit

Source: on 2019-03-26 18:41:15

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