Better Businesses Bureau (www.bbb.org) serving Eastern North Carolinaannounces today its fall “Secure Your ID” Day event will take place onSaturday, October 19, 2013. It will include document shredding, collection ofcomputers and hard-drives for secure destruction, electric/electronicsrecycling and identity protection tips. The event will be held at two locationsfrom 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the parking lot of Coastal Federal CreditUnion (1000 St. Albans Drive) and Lafayette Village (8480 Honeycutt Road) infront of the Executive Office Suites.
In the 2013 Identity Fraud Report by Javelin Strategy& Research, it states that thenumber of identity fraud incidents increased by one million more consumers overthe past year. This equates to one incident of identity fraud every threeseconds.
“Shreddingpaper documents is still a top priority to protect an individual’s identity.However, as new technologies continue to emerge and evolve, thieves are notjust following a paper trail, but are using old electronics to steal sensitiveinformation from consumers,” says Toby Barfield, president and CEO of BBBserving Eastern North Carolina. “In hosting our ‘Secure Your ID’ Day events, welook to provide Triangle consumers with a safe way to dispose of theirsensitive documents and electronics while educating them on ways they canprotect themselves from unscrupulous individuals.”
“Secure YourID” Day is jointly organized by the Council of Better Business Bureaus and theNational Foundation for Credit Counseling to raise public awareness and educateAmericans on the issues surrounding identity theft. During the event, localpartners CostalFederal Credit Union, Executive Office Suites at Lafayette Village, ProShred and GEEP will be on handeducating consumers on protecting their identity. Individuals are encouraged tobring up to three boxes or bags of documents that have been removed frombinders and up to five electric/electronic devices, such as computers, cellphones, tablets or TVs, as well as printers, fax machines, vacuums, dvd/cdplayers, microwaves and toasters or similar products.
GEEP, whichstands for Global Electric Electronic Processing, is trusted for their secureelectronics recycling. The company will be providing consumers at the BBB eventa receipt of electronic devices handed over for destruction. This will be thethird “Secure Your ID” Day event that GEEP participated in with BBB.
The April event had nearly 700 participants. Nearly 10,000 lbs of electronics were safely destroyed, as well as nearly 30,000 lbs of documents were shredded. To date, the semi-annual "Secure Your ID" Day events have securely destroyed more than 150,000 lbs of sensitive documents and 19,000 lbs of electronics. Additional event information is available at www.easternnc.bbb.org/secure-your-id.