DAYTON, OHIO, September 23, 2009 - Your Better Business Bureau and its national partners—the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and the National Association for Information Destruction—local partners, Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, Glawe Awning & Tents, Dayton Business Journal and WHIO-TV, invite the community to your BBB’s Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, October 17 at National City Mortgage Co., corner of SR 741 and Lyons Rd., Miamisburg. Residents and 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. Your BBB staff will also be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.
"Properly destroying documents that carry information you don’t want getting into the hands of crooks is an important first step to fighting identity theft, but it doesn’t end there," said John North. "That’s why BBB experts will also be on hand offering important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off."
Last year alone, 8.1 million Americans became ID theft victims, resulting in the loss of $45 billion, according to a 2008 report from Javelin Strategy and Research. The report notes the majority (56 percent) of ID theft occurs when the thief has direct contact with the victim’s personal information, through a stolen or lost wallet, rifling through a personal mailbox or trashcan or even lifting documents from inside a home or business.
BBB Secure Your ID Day Local Details
Better Business Bureau
with national partners the National Foundation for Credit Counseling
and the National Association for Information Destruction
and local partners Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, Glawe Awning & Tents,
Dayton Business Journaland WHIO-TV.
Free on-the-spot document shredding and resources for protecting your identity.
Saturday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
National City Mortgage Co., corner of SR 741 & Lyons Rd., Miamisburg
Bring boxes or bags of documents to be shredded and take home the resources you need to help protect yourself. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders, but staples, paper clips, CDs and floppy discs are okay to be shredded. All shredded material will be recycled.
New this year, your BBB will also be collecting canned goods for the Foodbank at the event to aid Miami Valley residents in need over the holidays.
As the result of two nationwide Secure Your ID Days in 2008 alone, your BBB helped individuals and businesses at more than 83 sites across the country shred 1.2 million pounds of sensitive documents—all for free. Locally, your BBB shredded over 17,000 pounds of material at its last two Secure Your ID Days, nearly nine tons of material. For more information on BBB Secure Your ID Day and identity theft prevention measures for both consumers and businesses, visit www.dayton.bbb.org.
"Identity theft is largely a crime of access," added John North. "Our goal is to make the information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft. With BBBs across North America collaborating simultaneously, we’ll have a tremendous coast-to-coast presence reaching a lot of people and, hopefully, preventing a lot of theft."
The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is the nonprofit trade organization of the secure destruction industry. With over 1,200 member locations, NAID members provide secure destruction services to business and government across North America. www.naidonline.org.
Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), Inc., promotes the national agenda for financially responsible behavior and builds capacity for its Members to deliver the highest quality financial education and counseling services. The NFCC is the nations largest and longest serving national nonprofit credit counseling network, with more than 100 Member agencies and nearly 850 offices in communities throughout the country. Each year, NFCC Members assist more than 3.2 million consumers, helping many to drive down their debt and take control of their finances.
About Your BBB Serving Dayton and the Miami Valley
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