Posted: Sep 20, 2013 9:56 AM by PRESS RELEASE
On Monday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., MidSouth Bank personnel will host a community service presentation on identity theft at the bank's 930 S. Union St. office in Opelousas and offer those in attendance the opportunity to shred their private documents free of charge.
MidSouth Bank Security Officer Ken Freeman will lead the discussion on identity theft, a national problem that is on the rise, affecting more than 11 million Americans each year, according to the Federal Trade Commission. No one is immune to identity fraud, as just last year there were more than 700,000 cases of child identity theft, TrustedID reports.
"Some people think identity theft is just an unauthorized charge on a credit card," said LaCarsha Babers, MidSouth Bank's Community Outreach Development Specialist. "But it goes much deeper than that. Any time someone uses your personal information, like your name or Social Security number, without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes, that's identity theft."
MidSouth Bank encourages its customers to closely review their monthly checking and other financial statements. "The earlier you catch an error, the easier it is to resolve it," Babers advised. The bank also asks customers to shred any documents with personal information, such as old bank statements and applications for new credit cards.
To help with that effort to destroy private documents and keep them out of the hands of thieves, the bank has hired a professional shredding company for the Sept. 30 event. The company will shred documents free of charge.
MidSouth Bank also recently introduced a new checking product called SimplyGold that offers ID theft protection and recovery as part of its membership. For more information, go to MidSouthbank.com/SimplyGold.htm.