Roanoke, VA - The BBB Serving Western Virginia is reporting a record turnout for their semiannual ‘Secure Your ID’ document shredding event held April 26, 2014 at the Salem Civic Center. BBB served a record 604 vehicles, nearly double the previous record, resulting in 32,000 lbs (16 tons) of shredded personal documents.
“We are thrilled that a record number of folks participated and secured their personal documents. We believe this event may have saved several of our consumers from becoming a victim of identity fraud,” said Julie Wheeler, President and CEO of BBB Serving Western VA. “We greatly apologize to anyone who was not able to participate because of the heavy attendance and will take steps to ensure everyone who attends in October has their documents shredded.”
The BBB has been hosting the semiannual event since 2008. BBB’s from across North America join in on the event designed to protect consumers from the growing threat of identity theft. Consumers and businesses are encouraged each April and October to attend this free community service event and properly shred and destroy sensitive documents using industrial shredders supplied by Cintas. BBB staff members also attend each event to provide advice and tips for identity theft protection.
With a new victim of identity theft coming every two seconds, taking a few minutes to shred paper documents could save a consumer from becoming another statistic. 13.1 million Americans became a victim of identity fraud in 2013. It only takes one misplaced personal document to give a thief everything needed to steal your identity.
The BBB will once again host the Secure Your ID event on October 11, 2014. The BBB thanks its partners for their support during the April 2014 Secure Your ID event. They include: Blue Ridge Copier, WDBJ 7, Commonwealth Document Management, and the Salem Civic Center.
For more advice on fighting identity theft please visit www.bbb.org or contact the BBB Serving Western VA at (540) 342-3455 or (800) 533-5501.
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