Press Release

Bank of the West Hosts Two September Community Shred Days in the San Diego Area to Help Customers Reduce Paper Storage and Prevent Identity Theft
San Francisco | Sep 11, 2015

Bank of the West Helps Educate Community Members About Fraud Prevention

Bank of the West announces two shred days in the San Diego area including Pico Rivera and El Cajon. Personal information contained in old documents can be a windfall for identity thieves.  To promote personal financial safety, Bank of the West is offering a Community Shred Day on Saturday, September 12. A mobile shredding truck will be on-site at Bank of the West’s Pico Rivera and El Cajon branches as a free community service.

Identity theft was the number one complaint at the Federal Trade Commission in 2014. The expectation is that 2015 will be a record year, especially since the data breach problem that drives so many identity-related crimes has gotten so much worse.

Bank of the West sponsors community shred days to help promote greater awareness of identity theft prevention. Consumers will be able to talk to bank employees to learn more about safeguarding their personal information. 

“This community effort helps highlight the importance of proactively taking precautionary measures to safeguard your identity as well as promote a broader message of personal financial safety,” said Mary Borg, division executive in Southern California for Bank of the West’s Regional Banking Group. “As bankers, we want to encourage our customers and the community at large to be mindful of how they dispose of unwanted documents that could potentially put their identity at risk.”

WHEN:

Saturday, September 12, 2015
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (pacific time)

WHERE:

Pico Rivera Branch
9001 E Whittier Blvd
Pico Rivera, CA 90660

AND:

El Cajon Branch
1234 E Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92021

WHO:

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

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 $72.5 billion in assets as of June 30, 2015. 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.

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Media Contact:
Ayele Ajavon, Bank of the West
Corporate Communications
415-432-3501, Office
ayele.ajavon@bankofthewest.com

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