Better Business Bureau invites consumers and businesses to shred sensitive documents at free paper shredding events in Modesto and Sacramento this October.
Compliments of American Mobile Shredding
, consumers can shred old bills, credit card offers and more to protect themselves from identity theft.
and surrounding communities can visit Oak Valley Community Bank
at 3508 McHenry Ave in Modesto on Friday, October 18 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to shred up to five banker sized boxes of paper for free.
Sacramento-area consumers and businesses are encouraged to visit 4391 Pell Dr in the Natomas area on Saturday, October 19 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Boxes one through three are free to shred. A $3 per box donation is requested for boxes four, five and six to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento.
The events aim to curb identity theft, a crime reported by the Federal Trade Commission as the most complained about form of fraud in 2012.
Consumers are urged to shred anything containing financial information, account numbers, PINs, birth dates or Social Security numbers.
When deciding what to keep and what to shred, consumers are urged to consider the following guidelines:
- Keep for three years: bank statements, expired insurance policies, employment applications and more.
- Keep for seven years: invoices, cancelled stock certificates, payroll records, withholding statements and more.
- Keep permanently: deeds, mortgages, tax returns, audit reports, insurance records, legal correspondence, property records and more.
For more information, contact BBB at 916-443-6843 or visit necal.bbb.org