Oak Valley Community Bank has joined with the Better Business Bureau to hold a document-shredding event to raise awareness of identity-theft protection. The free, one-day service will be Oct. 18 in the parking lot of the banks 3508 McHenry Ave. location. American Mobile Shredding will provide on-site document-shredding trucks from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to assist in the secure shredding and recycling of personal or business documents, up to five boxes of documents per individual. The BBB also offers the following ways consumers can safeguard their identities:
• Check your credit report at least once each year. There is only one source authorized to give you one free annual credit file disclosure each year from each of the three consumer credit reporting companies: Call 877-322-8228 or visit www.annualcreditreport.com.
• Keep your smartphone, computer system and browser software up to date and set to the highest security level you can tolerate.
• Never use email to communicate sensitive personal information such as your user name, password, Social Security number or credit card number.
• Dont use your cellphone to store credit card numbers or other financial information.
SETTING IT STRAIGHT
The loans being offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration to businesses economically affected by the Rim fire are low-interest working capital loans, not for property damage. Incomplete information was given on Page B1 on Monday.