St. Louis, Mo. – With the yearly tax filing deadline just past, there's no better time to file away the sensitive papers you need to keep and dispose of those that you no longer need.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Consumer Fraud Task Force offer consumers and businesses a chance to safely destroy outdated but sensitive documents at a "Shred Day," Saturday, April 26, at two locations:
Consumers can shred up to three boxes of documents from 8 a.m. to noon. BBB asks that consumers use bags or boxes that can be shredded along with papers. BBB will distribute information on identity theft protection.
Shred-It, a Securit company, is donating the shredding service.
"Shredding outdated documents is a great way to limit your exposure to ID theft," said Michelle L. Corey, BBB president and CEO. "Protecting yourself is a must."
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.
For the documents that you need to keep, BBB recommends storing them in a locked drawer or file cabinet. A large part of the identity theft that occurs every year stems from a relative, friend or someone who works in your home stealing account numbers or other documents that are left in plain sight.
Here is a guide to some of the documents to keep and how long to keep them:
For more information on protecting your identity or to check out BBB Business Reviews or Charity Reviews, contact BBB at www.bbb.org or 314-645-3300.
Media Contact: Michelle L. Corey, President and CEO, (314) 645-0606, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Thetford, Vice President-Communications, (314) 584-6743 or (314) 681-4719 (cell), email@example.com
BBB is a nonprofit, business-supported organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. All BBB services to consumers are free of charge. BBB provides objective advice, free BBB Business Reviews on more than 4 million businesses, 11,000 Charity Reviews, dispute resolution services, alerts and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. Please visit www.bbb.org for more information.