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Identity Theft is An Ongoing Threat Locally

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The shred event runs from 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You will also get the chance to meet some of our news team, who will be helping out. The shred event runs from 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You will also get the chance to meet some of our news team, who will be helping out.

KENNEWICK, WA- "Locally, we see an ongoing threat on a daily basis, we see all different types of identity theft," said Mike Blatman with Tri-Cities Crimestoppers. 

Whether it is old bank statements, or unused checks, you never think it will happen to you. Even credit card offers and courtesy checks should be properly disposed of, "Absolutely shred the offers, you are not going to use them, shred them, tear them up and get rid of them," said Blatman.

"You've been pre-approved", it's easy, all you have to do is sign on the dotted line. But that means not only is it easy for you, but easy for someone who wants to "act" like you. "In 2014, in the United States, over 16 billion dollars was lost to identity theft and fraud," explained Blatman. 

By far, more of information is stolen in the Tri-Cities, through stolen goods, "the vast majority of the stuff we have around here are things that are done through theft" said Blatman.

Mike Blatman says carrying your social security card, not signing the back of your cards and carrying cards you do not use, is not a good idea, "You swipe that card, you don't know what is going on, protecting your identity is one of the most important things you can do."

Join NBC Right Now, CI Shred and Numerica Credit Union for a free shred event on Thursday, October 15th.

There will be two locations, one at Numerica Credit Union on Duportail Street in Richland and one at the Yakima Neighborhood Health Services parking lot on 7th Street behind Les Schwab off Yakima Avenue. 

The shred event runs from 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You will also get the chance to meet some of our news team, who will be helping out.

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