By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Financial Services | Issue: May 2013
Mick Cottom, president of RCI Insurance Group.
RCI Insurance Group in Claremore will host a free Community Paper Shredding Event on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. Now more than ever, it is important to protect your identity by making sure all paperwork with any sensitive personal information is destroyed. “Approximately 9 million Americans have their identity stolen each year, and tax season is always the worst,” says Donna Vierheller of RCI Insurance. To help protect your identity, bring your junk mail, paper clutter and old tax records to the RCI Insurance parking lot, across the street from the Claremore Post Office, at 621 N. Cherokee in Claremore.
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, such as your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes. “Identity theft is a serious problem. It takes an average of 175 hours and a cost of $1,100 to correct a case of identity theft,” says Donna. Consumers victimized by identity theft may also lose out on job opportunities or be denied bank loans because of negative information on their credit reports. It is even possible to be arrested for crimes committed by someone who stole your identity. The amount of stress and damages caused can be significant.
Identity theft cases tend to peak during tax-filing season. Out of every 130 people who file taxes, two typically suffer from identity fraud that gets discovered when they attempt to file their returns and find that someone already has. In fact, the IRS placed identity theft at the top of its “dirty dozen” list of tax scams this year and has 3,000 employees working on such cases.
Shred your documents! Stop by RCI Insurance on May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon for their free Community Paper Shredding Event. Green Country Shredding & Recycling will be on hand to shred your old tax documents, junk mail and paper clutter for free.
RCI Insurance, which has been in business since 1972 and owned by Mick Cottom since 1994, is dedicated to serving customers with a smile and providing all of your auto, home, business and personal insurance needs. Call RCI Insurance Group at (918) 341-6081 or visit www.rci-ins.com. Be sure to “like” their Facebook page as well.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.