For Immediate Release - May 28, 2014 - Better Business Bureau (BBB) and its partners will hold their bi-annual Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, June 14, in Solon and Westlake. Residents and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of sensitive paper documents as well as CDs and floppy discs.
“In 2013, someone was the victim of identify fraud every 2 seconds. Properly destroying documents that contain private information you don’t want getting into the hands of crooks is an important first step to fighting identity theft,” said BBB President, David Weiss.
According to Javelin Strategy & Research,the number of identity fraud victims jumped to 13.1 million in 2013. That's an increase of 500,000 from 2012 and the second highest number of victims since Javelin began conducting its annual study in 2004. Victims incurred losses totalling $18 billion.
BBB Event Details
Who: Better Business Bureau Serving Greater Cleveland with Rad Air Complete Car Care and Tire Centers, All Ohio Secure Shred and Apprisen Financial Advocates
What: Free on-the-spot document shredding, and tips and resources for protecting your identity.
When: Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Rad Air Complete Car Care and Tire Centers, in Lorain and Wickliffe.
Up to three boxes or bags of documents will be shredded. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders, but staples, paper clips, CDs and floppy discs are okay to be shredded.
“Identity theft is largely a crime of access,” added Weiss. “Along with shredding sensitive documents, private information should not be carelessly provided to telemarketers or submitted online to unfamiliar businesses.”
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