Secure Your ID Day - On-site Document Shredding September 20th
August 25, 2008


Coast-to-coast BBB National “Secure Your ID” Day


The Better Business Bureau serving Central Virginia invites local consumers and small businesses this Saturday, September 20, 2008 to First Market Bank in Mechanicsville 9am – 12pm to take the first step in identity protection:  If you don’t need it, dispose of it…responsibly.  BBB is partnering nationally with Equifax and the National Association of Information Destruction – plus some local businesses -- to offer this free community service, coupled by expert advice and resources for protecting personal information from ID thieves.


Shredding sensitive paper documents is an important first step, but it doesn’t end there. That’s why BBB experts will also be distributing important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off.


Last year alone 8.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $45 billion according to a 2008 report from Javelin Strategy and Research. The report notes that the vast majority (56%) of ID theft occurs when the thief has direct contact with the victim’s personal information, through a stolen or lost wallet, rifling through a personal mailbox or trashcan, or even lifting documents from inside a home or business.   


This is largely a crime of access. Our goal here is to make the information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft.  And with community-based BBB’s across North America collaborating to do this together, we’ll have this tremendous coast-to-coast presence that will touch a lot of people and, hopefully, stop a lot of theft.


Just 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.


BBB Secure Your ID Day Details

Who:     Better Business Bureau Serving Central Virginia with national partners Equifax and the National Association for Information Destruction

What:    Free on-the-spot document shredding tips for protecting your identity from ID thieves

When:   September 20, 2008 9am – 12pm

Where:  First Market Bank 
7279 Bell Creek Rd.
Mechanicsville, VA 23111


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