BBB Offers Free On-Site Document Shredding and Identity Theft Prevention Tips
BBB invites community to take part in Secure Your ID Day
For Immediate Release – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and it's partners will hold their annual Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, October 13, in Lorain. Residents and businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive paper documents as well as CDs and floppy discs.
Who: Better Business Bureau Serving Greater Cleveland with Rad Air Complete Car Care, All Ohio Secure Shred and Apprisen Financial Advocates
What: Free on-the-spot document shredding. Get information about child identity theft – a growing national problem- and other tips to protect your identity. Limit 3 boxes or bags per car.
When: Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: RadAir Complete Car Care, 5350 Leavitt Rd, Lorain, Ohio 44053 (RadAir is located at the South side of Kmart at the corner of Leavitt and Cooper Foster Roads)
Bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded and take home the tips and resources you need to help protect yourself. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders. Staples, paper clips, CDs and floppy discs are okay to be shredded.
Safely Donate Unused Cell Phones - Bring your old cell phones and we’ll donate them to Hopeline by Verizon. Hopeline provides phones to victims of domestic violence. Donated phones are put through an extensive refurbishing process to ensure that personal information is removed.
As the result of two nationwide Secure Your ID Days in 2011, BBB helped individuals and small businesses at more than 120 sites across the country shred 2.1 million pounds of sensitive documents.
Last year alone, 8.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $37 billion, according to a 2011 report from Javelin Strategy and Research. The average out-of-pocket loss nearly doubled from the 2009 study, going from $387 to $631 per incident.
In addition to shredding outdated or unneeded documents, the BBB has 10 steps you can take to protect your identity: