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Location: Porter’s Fine Dry Cleaning at Youree and Bert Kouns
Consumers and businesses may bring sensitive documents for free shredding.
Officials recommend shredding any documents that contain financial information, account numbers, PINs, birth dates, or Social Security numbers. Examples include expired ID cards, legal documents, credit card and bank statements and canceled checks. See bbb.org/us/Identity-Theft-Resources/ for a guide to document retention.
If you are planning to bring several boxes to be shred, bring helpers with you to help assist in unloading your boxes. Also remove any metal clips or strips from file folders. These type of things cannot be run through the shredder. To save time, please Remove these things prior to coming with item to be shred.
The BBB has 10 steps you can take to protect your identity:
- Shred statements and applications you get in the mail that you don’t want to keep. These include credit card applications, insurance forms, financial statements, health forms, billing statements from utilities and phone service.
- Cut up expired credit and debit cards. Make sure you cut through the numbers.
- Protect your Social Security number, all account numbers and passwords. Don’t carry these numbers in your wallet. Give out personal identifiers only when absolutely necessary. Beware of unsolicited e-mails and phone calls if someone asks for the numbers.
- Secure personal documents at home. If you have roommates, employ outside help or have contractors in your home, make sure person documents are in a safe place and not lying out in plain sight.
- Minimize personal information printed on checks. You don’t need to include your Social Security number, driver’s license or phone number.
- Monitor bank and credit card transactions for unauthorized transactions. Crooks may start with small transactions to see if you notice.
- Pay attention to billing cycles. If bills don’t arrive on time, follow up with your creditors.
- Don’t create obvious passwords. Avoid using your birth date, child’s name or birth date, mother’s maiden name or the last four digits of your Social Security number.
- If you conduct business online, use your own computer. A public computer is less secure.
- Never use e-mail to communicate personal sensitive information, and don’t respond to e-mails asked to verify your personal information and identifiers. Neither your bank, credit card company, online payment system nor the IRS will call or e-mail asking you for confidential information. They already have it.