Letter to the editor | Shredding key to thwarting identity theft

In today’s interconnected world, with the vast use of smartphones and social media, identity theft is at an all-time high. Since 2010, Carpenter Financial Services has raised awareness of identity theft through its annual free community shredding event. 

Our annual event has been a huge success, bringing in people from all across the area to get rid of unwanted personal documents.

We want to stress to the community that identity theft is very real. Hackers attract people from all angles, whether it be through collecting personal documents thrown into a Dumpster, online hacking or fake government phone calls. 

The week before this year’s event, our team once again was looking forward to reaching out to the community, but unfortunately the venue abruptly canceled the event. 

Carpenter Financial Services apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please know that we did everything in our power to alert all of you. Looking back over the past seven years, we are proud to have raised awareness and to have served the community by providing valuable information about identity theft and the steps one can take in preventing it. 

Shredding important documents such as bank statements, bills and credit cards is the perfect way to destroy valuable information about yourself and thwart identity thieves.

We hope members of the community understand the importance of continuing to shred documents in order to prevent themselves from being victims of identity theft.

Samuel G. Carpenter

Carpenter Financial Services

Johnstown

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