In the 2013 Identity Fraud Report by Javelin Strategy & Research, it states that the number of identity fraud incidents increased by one million more consumers over the past year. This equates to one incident of identity fraud every three seconds.
“Shredding paper documents is still a top priority to protect an individual’s identity. However, as new technologies continue to emerge and evolve, thieves are not just following a paper trail, but are using old electronics to steal sensitive information from consumers,” says Toby Barfield, president and CEO of BBB serving Eastern North Carolina. “In hosting our ‘Secure Your ID’ Day events, we look to provide Triangle consumers with a safe way to dispose of their sensitive documents and electronics while educating them on ways they can protect themselves from unscrupulous individuals.”
In an experiment conducted by Robert Siciliano, an identity theft expert with McAfee. Siciliano purchased 30 used iPhones, iPods, laptops, desktops, netbooks, notebooks on Craig’s List and was able to retrieve data from more than half, including personal information, banking information and Social Security numbers.
“Secure Your ID” Day is jointly organized by the Council of Better Business Bureaus and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling to raise public awareness and educate Americans on the issues surrounding identity theft. During the event, local partners Costal Federal Credit Union, ProShred and GEEP will be on hand educating consumers on protecting their identity. Individuals are encouraged to bring up to three boxes or bags of documents that have been removed from binders and up to five electric/electronic devices, such as computers, cell phones, tablets or TVs, as well as printers, fax machines, vacuums, dvd/cd players, microwaves and toasters or similar products.
To date, more than 125,000 pounds of sensitive documents and 9,000 lbs of electronics have been securely destroyed for Triangle residents during these semi-annual events. Additional event information is available at www.easternnc.bbb.org/secure-your-id.