BBB Invites Public to Free Shredding Events on October 19

  
     
October 17, 2013

Secure Your ID Day comes to the Twin Cities

Burnsville, Minnesota – October 3, 2013 – The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) and AARP North Dakota are sponsoring “Secure Your ID” Day events Saturday, October 19 in Fargo, Bismarck, Jamestown, with the BBB – in partnership with US Federal Credit Union and Shred Right - adding five Twin Cities’ locations to this important consumer protection initiative. Area residents and small businesses are encouraged to shred and properly dispose up to two boxes of sensitive paper documents and CDs free of charge. Tips and resources on how to avoid identity theft will also be provided. These free, half-day events are part of a series of Secure Your ID Day events being hosted by BBBs across the country.

The goal of these events is to educate consumers about identity theft, which is regularly the top consumer complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Last year, 18 percent of the 2 million complaints they received were related to identity theft, according to their 2012 annual report.  Identity theft occurs when your personal information - such as your name, Social Security or credit card numbers – are stolen or compromised and then used to commit fraud or other crimes

Earlier this spring, at three Secure Your ID Day events held at the North Dakota locations, over 500 consumers and small business owners participated, dropping off nearly fourteen tons of documents and materials to be shredded securely.

The BBB and AARP ND, along with local partners The Bismarck Tribune, The Forum, Recall and Wells Fargo (Bismarck and Fargo), along with The Jamestown Sun, RSVP+ND South Central, MinnKota Secured Document Destruction Services and First Community Credit Union are sponsoring the North Dakota events, with US Federal Credit Union and Shred Right serving as local partners for the Twin Cities events.

BBB Secure Your ID Day Details

Who: The BBB and AARP North Dakota, along with local partners The Bismarck Tribune, The Forum, Recall, Wells Fargo (Bismarck and Fargo); The Jamestown Sun, RSVP+ND South Central, MinnKota Secured Document Destruction Services and First Community Credit Union (Jamestown); and US Federal Credit Union and Shred Right (Twin Cities).

What: Free document shredding and distribution of tips and resources for protecting your identity. 

When: Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ND events) and from 9 a.m. to noon in the Twin Cities.

Where:
Bismarck: Wells Fargo, 1050 E. Interstate Ave.
Fargo: 2501 13th Avenue South
Jamestown: First Community Credit Union, 111 9th Street SW
Twin Cities: US Federal Credit Union branches:

  • Bloomington, 2772 East 82nd St
  • Burnsville, 1400 Riverwood Drive
  • Fridley, 6303 Old Central Ave N.E.
  • Lakeville, 7644 160th Street
  • Minneapolis, 2535 27th Avenue South

There will also be a drawing at each Secure Your ID Day location for a free shredder from the Better Business Bureau.

At the Twin Cities locations, along with free document shredding of up to two boxes, the first 25 event attendees at each of the five participating US Federal Credit Union locations will receive a voucher for a free 6” Subway sandwich and the first 50 vehicle, home equity, or signature loans booked will receive a $75 gas card. Additionally, $50 will be given towards a new member or business checking account opened with direct deposit (some restrictions apply).

For more information on Secure Your ID Day and identity theft prevention measures for both consumers and businesses, visit: bbb.org/us/secure-your-id