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Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and Umpqua Bank hold Free Shred Day – Daily Democrat

New IdentityTheft Scam

Yolo County residents who happened to have boxes and boxes of old financial files that could leave them vulnerable to identity theft were in luck.

On Wednesday, the Yolo County District Attorneys Office and Umpqua Bank, located at 203 Main St. in Woodland, co-hosted a free shred day, where Yolo County residents and bank customers could stop by, drop off some files and get to shredding.

“Part of what we try to do with the Elder Abuse Unit is we do a lot of fraud protection and advocacy to help prevent fraud and identity theft,” said Lindsey Hall, one of the elder protection unit victim advocates on site. “So shredding documents on-site is providing a community service to help people protect their identity for free. Shredding can get expensive.”

Shredding began at 8:30 a.m. , and Hall estimated the shredding truck would be filled up by noon.

The shredding truck and driver were paid for with grant money from the Elder Abuse Program at the Yolo County DA’s office.

The Shred-A-Thon happens annually in April but was skipped last year due to the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdowns.

“The intent of this program is to keep the documents that are being shredded out of the hands of bad guys who otherwise might want to use them for identity theft purposes,” said President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Woodland, Dan Stroski,  who was on hand. “Now, with everything starting to relax, it is easier to do these types of things.”

Source: on 2021-05-19 19:48:45

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