Dump your docs: Millville shred event helps prevent fraud

Got old paperwork gathering dust? In Millville, County Bank is hosting a paper-shredding event, open to the public on Friday, Oct. 14, from noon to 3 p.m. People can bring up to three banker-size boxes worth of papers (a standard-size financial container is approximately 10 by 12 by 15 inches).

“We’re helping combat identity theft and financial fraud. And we’re helping the community protect its privacy, basically,” said Jason Moshire, marketing and public relations officer at the bank’s Rehoboth Beach headquarters.

People might toss old bank statements, tax returns or other personal paperwork.

“We all have documents at home with our Social Security number on them, date of birth, identifying information,” Moshire said, “that, if it got into the wrong hands could be easily used … to apply for loans, credit cards, bank accounts and other things. It can affect their credit down the road.”

Because it is a free event, people are also being encouraged to bring an item for the bank’s food drive, to benefit local charity food pantries.

People can just drive up to the parking lot with their items to be shredded. Paper will be destroyed on-site in a shredding truck. The local shredding company, DataGuard Inc., will drive the material back to their Bridgeville site for recycling.

“So not only are you saving yourself from identity theft, but you’re also saving the environment,” Moshire said.

Founded in 1990, County Bank has seven locations, all in Delaware. They host up to 12 shred events each year. This is just a community service, but not a salesmanship opportunity, Moshire said.

County Bank is located at 36754 Old Mill Road in Millville. For more information, call (302) 537-0900.