Your BBB, in partnership with San Mateo Credit Union and Ripcord Digital, a BBB Accredited Business, will hold its bi-annual “Secure Your ID Day” on Saturday, Oct. 14 at San Mateo Credit Union in South San Francisco. Bay Area residents and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity theft protection by shredding their sensitive paper documents on-site. BBB staff will also be present to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.
Identity theft is a serious problem: in 2016, consumers nationwide reported around 400,000 identity theft complaints to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). According to the FTC, it’s frequently perpetrated through methods like purse snatching, dumpster diving, phishing emails, and spyware.
“Documents that contain your Social Security Number, account numbers or any other personal information should be shredded before being disposed of”, said Lori Wilson, President and CEO of BBB serving the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern Coastal California. “Shredding sensitive documents is a key step in avoiding identity theft, and people need to be protecting themselves. Trust me, taking the extra time to do this regularly will pay off; getting your identity stolen is not only frustrating and worrisome, it takes an awful lot of time and energy to correct.”
BBB Event Details
Bring up to five boxes of documents to be shredded on-site. Documents should be removed from binders, but staples and paper clips are acceptable. This is a green event, and all paper will be recycled.
Ripcord Digital, a BBB Accredited Business, will be present to shred your documents on-site. Their shredding truck is equipped with a camera for you to watch your paper be shredded.
BBB’s spring 2017 event was held in Concord and helped 170 people shred 9,400 pounds of personal documents – saving dozens of trees in the process! Come out this October to help protect yourself and continue the fight against identity theft! Not sure what to bring? Click here to read BBB’s guide to how long you should keep personal documents. A flyer for this event can be found here.