April 19, 2012 – Roanoke, VA – In the time it takes to read this sentence two people in the United States will fall victim to identity fraud. The Better Business Bureau is fighting back with its annual ‘Secure Your ID Day’, Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Salem Civic Center, Stadium Parking Lot. Consumers and businesses are encouraged to attend this free community service event and properly shred and destroy their sensitive documents using industrial shredders supplied by Cintas.
With a new victim of identity theft coming every three seconds, taking a few minutes to shred paper documents could save a consumer from becoming another statistic.
BBB staff will be on-site to provide advice and tips for identity theft protection.
“If you don’t need it, you need to destroy it in a responsible manner. That is the first rule of identity protection,” said Julie Wheeler, C.E.O. and President of the BBB Serving Western Virginia. “Our mission is to secure consumer’s information and empower them to fight identity theft with confidence and awareness. Community-based BBBs across North America will be working simultaneously on this endeavor and will, hopefully, prevent a lot of identity theft.”
Who: Better Business Bureau Serving Western VA
What: Free on-the-spot document shredding and tips and resources for protecting your identity
When: Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 8:00AM – 11:00AM
Where: Salem Civic Center Stadium Parking Lot, Salem, VA.
Partners: Cintas Document Management, WSLS10, Blue Ridge Copier, and the Salem Civic Center.
How: Bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders. Staples, paper clips, CDs and floppy discs are okay to be shredded. Just drive up and allow on-site staff to unload and shred your unwanted documents.
When looking through your documents to be shredded, BBB recommends considering a few tips before deciding what goes and what stays.
With the end of tax season, now is the perfect time to get your personal documents in order. Each person’s tax situation is different and can vary in complexity of records. Saving the appropriate documents should be based on the IRS Code, meaning that all documents should be saved based on the period of limitation of the return. For example, documents for settled accident reports/claims and expired contracts for mortgages, should be kept for 7 years, while property appraisals by outside appraisers should be kept permanently.
Taking the time to shred the documents you don’t need and saving the documents you do can make a difference when it comes to securing your identity as well. It only takes one misplaced personal document to give a thief everything needed to steal your identity.
The BBB has enclosed a Records Retention Schedule supplied by the Internal Revenue Service.
If you need more information, contact the BBB at (540) 342-3455 or (800) 533-5501. You can also visit www.bbb.org. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/BBB_WesternVA