As many as 9 million Americans have their identity stolen each year. It occurs when your personal information is stolen and used without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes. It can cost you time, money and destroy your good name and your credit.
The BBB, in partnership with NeoShred, will be providing free public document shredding at our Fall Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 9am-12pm at 895 E. Tallmadge Avenue, Akron OH 44310. Consumers can drop off up to 10 bags or boxes of documents containing personal information, which will be securely shredded on site.
“Identity theft is a serious and growing crime all across America and this is a great opportunity to safely dispose of documents containing identifying information,” said Christy Page, CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Ashland, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit and Wayne Counties. “Documents like bank statements and bills containing personal identifiers that could prompt sophisticated impersonators to attempt to hijack accounts can be a gold mine for identity thieves,” Page added.
Better Business Bureau recommends the following to protect your identity:
Retrieve mail quickly from your mailbox and request that the Post Office hold the mail if you will be out of town.
Consider investing in locking mailboxes or P.O. Boxes.
Shred unneeded mail; do not just throw it away.
Go paperless with secure online statements.
Avoid signing up for unnecessary programs or services.
Opt-out from bulk mailing lists and pre-approved credit card offers.
Protect yourself and your family with this free document shredding service and receive useful tips on identity theft and other financial topics. Please contact your BBB for more information about this event at (330) 253-4590 or visit www.akron.bbb.org.
For 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2011, consumers turned to BBB more than 100 million times for Business Reviews on more than 4 million companies and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all-available free at www.bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 114 local, independent BBBs across the United States and Canada, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation.
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