Press Release

Bank of the West Hosts April 18 Community Shred Day to Help Prevent Identity Theft
Brea, California | Apr 18, 2015

Post-April 15 Tax Day, Bank of the West Educates About Fraud Prevention

Personal information contained in old tax documents is a treasure trove for identity thieves.  Since breaches involving social security numbers are the most damaging, after tax season many consumers wonder how to safely dispose of unwanted documents such as bank statements, credit card receipts or medical bills that they may have used to prepare their taxes.

To promote personal financial safety, Bank of the West will offer a Community Shred Day on Saturday, April 18. A mobile shredding truck will be on-site at the Bank of the West branch in Brea as a free community service.

According to Bank of the West's Fraud Prevention Officer, David Pollino, identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. In the recently released Javelin Strategy & Research 2015 Identity Fraud Study, $16 billion was stolen from 12.7 million identity fraud victims in 2014.

Community Shred Day will promote greater overall awareness of identity theft prevention. Consumers will be able to talk to bank employees to learn more about safeguarding their personal information. 

"Bank of the West is proud to sponsor this free community service for our customers and the public, as well as promote a broader educational message of personal financial safety," said Mary Borg, division executive in Southern California for Bank of the West's Regional Banking Group. "This community effort draws attention to the importance of taking a proactive approach to protect yourself against identity theft. As bankers, we want to encourage our customers to be mindful about how they dispose of unwanted documents, statements or receipts that could otherwise fall into the wrong hands."

WHEN:

Saturday, April 18, 2015
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (pacific time)


WHERE:

Bank of the West Branch
311 South State College Boulevard


WHO:

Individual households invited to bring unwanted personal documents
Limit of 50 lbs. per household


Consumers can learn more about fraud prevention such as "Simple Ways to Avoid Fraud During Tax Season," from The Bank of the West Blog, an educational resource for readers looking for ideas and insight on how to best understand and manage financial matters related to their businesses, homes and wealth. Featuring articles written by several of the bank's business leaders, including David Pollino, fraud prevention officer for Bank of the West, the blog seeks to aid consumers in making sound financial decisions within today's economic climate.

About Bank of the West
Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com) is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco with $71.7 billion in assets. Founded in 1874, Bank of the West provides a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services through more than 600 offices in 22 states and digital channels.  Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 75 countries with 185,000 employees. Bank of the West can also be found on Twitter @BankoftheWest.

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Media Contact:
Michele Scott, Bank of the West
Corporate Communications
415-399-7202, Office
Michele.Scott@bankofthewest.com

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