Identity thieves struck in Pleasant Township.
At the Oct. 23 board meeting, the Franklin County Sheriffs Office reported that at least one resident has had their identity stolen this month.
It is not often that this crime is among the items listed in their monthly crime report, but it has happened before.
Two years ago, another resident had their identity stolen when they gave out their personal information to a person pretending to be a representative of Publishers Clearing House.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), an estimated nine million Americans are the victims of identity theft each year. This crime is very common, but there are ways to protect your identity from thieves.
The FTC recommends monitoring accounts, bank statements and credit reports on a regular basis.
The United States Department of Justice says to keep the wordSCAM in mind as each letter stands for a way to safeguard personal information. For instance, theS stands for being stingy about giving out personal information. TheC means you should check financial information regularly and look for what should or should not be there. TheA says to ask periodically for a copy of credit reports and theM means to maintain careful records of banking and financial accounts.
In other news, the trustees approved the purchase of an $8,290 furnace and heat pump for the fire station to replace the one they have had for 40 years.
The trustees and the fire department ask that residents trim their trees and bushes near their homes and in their driveways so they do not impede fire and EMS vehicles. Fire Chief Jay Noojin requests that the trees or bushes not be over 12-feet in height or 12-feet in width.