Roanoke, VA – According to a Javelin Strategy & Research report, an American becomes the victim of identity fraud every two seconds. The Better Business Bureau is fighting back with its semiannual ‘Secure Your ID Day’ to be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 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 Commonwealth Document Management.
13.1 million Americans became a victim of identity fraud in 2013. Taking a few minutes to shred paper documents could save a consumer from becoming another statistic. It only takes one misplaced personal document to give a thief everything needed to steal your identity. BBB staff will also be on-site to provide advice and tips for identity theft protection.
In October of 2013 BBB Serving Western VA shredded a record 21,384 pounds of shredded personal documents. Anticipating an even bigger turnout this weekend, they have added a third shredding vehicle.
“We were thrilled with our record turnout in October which shows consumers are taking the necessary proactive steps to protect their identity. Our first rule of identity protection is, if you don’t need it, you need to destroy it in a responsible manner.” Said Julie Wheeler, President and CEO of BBB Serving Western VA. “While identity theft can be a scary scenario, we want to arm our consumers with the knowledge and best practices to fight back and stay safe. We are one of many BBBs across the country that will be working simultaneously on this endeavor and we believe this event prevents 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 26, 2014 from 8:00AM – 11:00AM
Where: Salem Civic Center Stadium Parking Lot, Salem, VA.
Partners: Commonwealth Document Management, WDBJ7, 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.
The BBB is a nonprofit, business-supported organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. The BBB provides objective advice, free BBB Business Reviews on more than 4 million companies, 11,000 charity reviews, dispute resolution service, alerts and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. Please visit www.bbb.org for more information.
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