BBB to Host Free Shredding Event to Help Prevent Identity Theft

April 08, 2013

Your BBB in partnership with NeoShred, will hold its semi-annual Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 895 E Tallmadge Avenue, Akron. Residents and small businesses in Akron and surrounding areas are encouraged to bring any documents containing personal information to be shredded at no cost to them.

“Documents like pre-approved credit card offers, bank account statements, old tax returns, and such, should be shredded and not thrown in the trash,” said Christy Page, President and CEO of the BBB serving Ashland, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit & Wayne Counties. “Identity theft occurs when your personal information is stolen and used without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes and it can destroy your good name and your credit. This is a great opportunity to securely dispose of any documents containing personal information, which is the first step consumers should take to protect their identity,” Page added.

According to a recent survey by Javelin Strategy & Research, 12.6 million Americans were victimized by identity theft in 2012, roughly 1 million more than in 2011. The dramatic increase in victims was driven by more serious forms of identity theft like new account fraud, where a criminal uses a victim’s personal information to open new credit cards or other kinds of loans. New account fraud jumped 50% last year, with the total fraud accounting to nearly $10 billion.

Consumers can bring up to 10 bags or boxes of documents containing personal information, which will be securely shredded on site. Arrangements can be made with NeoShred if you are going to exceed the limit. BBB will also provide tips and resources on how to prevent your identity, online and off.

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.

Visit or call BBB at (330) 253-4590 for additional information.