On Saturday, April 22, BBB serving the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern Coastal California hosted the bi-annual “Secure Your ID Day” in Concord. BBB partnered with the City of Concord and Ripcord Digital, a BBB Accredited Business for this event, and helped 170 people shred 4.7 tons of personal documents and protect themselves from identity theft – all for free! All of the paper was recycled, and dozenstrees were saved in the process!
Both consumers and businesses stopped by the event to shred up to five boxes or bags of paper. BBB is proud to have helped the community, and many participants expressed their appreciation for the resource.
Shredding personal documents such as old pay stubs, cancelled checks and credit card statements is an important step in preventing your information from getting in the wrong hands. Identity theft was the third most common complaint reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2016. Identity theft is a growing problem, and consumers should take all preventative measures possible to avoid it.
Besides hosting a bi-annual “Secure Your ID Day”, BBB works to help consumers avoid identity theft through disseminating information both on our website (bbb.org) and blog (bizbridge.org), and in person at community events. Members of our staff also offer free presentations on identity theft, scams, business tips and much more through the BBB Speaker's Bureau program.
If a consumer is affected by identity theft, we encourage them to report it to BBB Scam Tracker to help warn others. BBB Scam Tracker was launched to provide consumers across North America with a place to report scams and fraud, and warn others in the process. Consumers have reported more than 70,000 scams to this free, interactive and crowd-sourced tool as of May 2017. If you’ve been a victim of identity theft, you can report it and get a recovery plan at identitytheft.gov.