BBB invites community to take part in a coast-to-coast “Secure Your ID” Day
Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia (BBB) and its national partner, the National Association for Information Destruction invite the Richmond metropolitan area to BBB “Secure Your ID” Day Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 720 Moorefield Park Drive, Richmond, VA 23236. Residents and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive paper documents as well as CDs and floppy discs. BBB staff will also be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.
BBB and the Central Virginia Food Bank also ask that you to bring a donation of food or money to stock the shelves of the food bank and feed our neighbors. Let’s beat October’s collections!
“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 Thomas Gallagher. “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, 11.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $54 billion, according to a 2010 report from Javelin Strategy and Research.
BBB Secure Your ID Day Details
Who: Better Business Bureau Serving Central Virginia with national partner the National Association for Information Destruction and local partners.
What: Free on-the-spot document shredding and tips and resources for protecting your identity.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, from 9:00 AM to Noon
Where: 720 Moorefield Park Drive, Richmond, VA 23236
Bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded and take home the tips and 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.
As the result of two nationwide Secure Your ID Days in 2009 alone, BBB helped individuals and small businesses at more than 133 sites across the country shred 1.3 million pounds of sensitive documents—all for free. For more information on BBB “Secure Your ID Day” and identity theft prevention measures for both consumers and businesses, visit: Richmond.bbb.org or www.us.bbb.org/secureID.
“Identity theft is largely a crime of access,” added Thomas Gallagher. “Our goal here is to make the information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft. With community-based BBBs across North America collaborating simultaneously, we’ll have a tremendous coast-to-coast presence that will reach a lot of people and, hopefully, prevent a lot of theft.”
BBB is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free business BBB Reliability ReportsTM and charity BBB Wise Giving ReportsTM, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is difference in viewpoints. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, 123 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring more than 3 million local and national businesses and charities. Please visit www.bbb.org for more information about BBB.
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.