CHICAGO, IL – April 10, 2014 – As the weather becomes warmer, many consumers find themselves “spring cleaning” and clearing their homes of clutter and paper. However, it is important to decide which financial records to keep and which ones to discard. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers advice on how to safely organize this information.
“This time of the year is a great time to reorganize,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “It is important for consumers to understand how to safely dispose of sensitive information.”
The BBB suggests the following tips:
To avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, be sure to shred any document that contains a Social Security number, bank account number or other personal and financial information before disposing.
The BBB offers its FREE shred day events in Chicago. On Saturday, June 21, our shred day event will be held at the United Center, on Wood St. between Madison & Warren Blvd., in Parking Lot E. For more information as well as a list of approved materials to shred, visit http://chicagoshreds.com/
For more consumer tips, visit www.bbb.org
As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reports on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.