Identity theft education event set Oct. 21 in Clarion

From staff reports

State Rep. Donna Oberlander of Clarion will host an event designed to educate consumers about the ongoing threat of identity theft and to offer a way to protect themselves.

The event will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in the parking lot of Oberlander’s district office at 160 South Second St. in Clarion.

“Identity theft continues to be a fast-growing crime, and with recent news reports about the Equifax data breach, I want residents to have the latest information about how they can protect their good name,” Oberlander said.

The legislator said data protection service Iron Mountain will also provide an industrial shredding truck so that people can shred documents that contain sensitive information.

Documents that are encouraged to be shredded include those with credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, medical information and bank account information.

Residents are asked to bring just papers and documents in loose form. Magazines and books won’t be accepted.

In the meantime, Oberlander urged consumers to be proactive in monitoring their credit reports and financial account statements, such as credit cards and utilities, and to report any suspicious activity to the attorney general office’s hotline at (800) 441-2555 or

The Federal Trade Commission has also provided, an identity theft prevention website.

More information about the event is available at