GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Gill resident Lou Chappell had a blast from the past when he heard that his bank had somehow acquired his uncle’s and grandmother’s old bank books. Greenfield Savings Bank purchased the two old bank books online this past summer. The bank researched the names and found him.
Chappell says he has “No idea how they made the transformation from Gill to some location down south and on Ebay.” These were long-closed passbook accounts, over 60 years old, and with no usable information. Chappell said that he didn’t know “why anybody would want them but someone did.”
These kinds of documents with personal information on them make it easy for people to steal your identity. “We see people not shredding documents which have been lying around for a long time,” Karen Cartier of Greenfield Savings Bank explained. “what happens is people get a hold of these and they can use them to steal your identity.” Cartier said if you need the documents at home, lock them up.
Greenfield Savings Bank will hold their annual “Shred Fest” this Saturday at the Turners Falls branch. It starts at 9 a.m., runs until Noon and you can shred up to three boxes of unwanted documents.