Shred personal documents and prevent identity theft with Secure Your ID Day on April 15 hosted by Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest. An estimated 15.4 million U.S consumers fell victim to identity theft in 2016, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. This national event gives community members the opportunity to secure their identities by properly disposing of unneeded and unwanted documents, securely recycling electronics and receiving identity protection tips.
Join BBB, along with College of Western Idaho, Computers for Kids, Inc., Nampa Police Department, Western Records Destruction and Shred-it, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. April 15, 5725 E. Franklin Road at the College of Western Idaho Micron Building in Nampa.
BBB staff will be on site offering tips on how consumers can protect themselves from identity theft. For victims who have experienced this fraud, BBB will also be there to listen to their story, inform them about filing a report and who they need to contact to resolve the issue.
This year’s Tax Day lands a few days after the event! Don’t let those stacks of previous year’s tax documents with personal information pile up. During the event, Shred-it mobile shredding trucks and Western Records Destruction will accept this list of items:
Each person can bring up to three bags or boxes of personal documents per person, but no cardboard and three-ring binders, please!
Take advantage of recycling electronics including computers, monitors, hard drives and printers free of charge as well.
Here’s a reminder of what’s recommended to keep and what to shred throughout the years:
Keep for three years: bank statements, expired insurance policies, employment applications, and more.
Keep for seven years: invoices, cancelled stock certificates, payroll records, withholding statements, and more.
Keep permanently: deeds, mortgages, tax returns, audit reports, insurance records, legal correspondence, property records, and more.
With 34,000 lbs. of personal documents and 10,000 lbs. of electronics safely destroyed during last year’s Secure Your ID Day, BBB is expecting a great turn out this year to help save more people from identity theft. More details can be found at
Your BBB will host additinoal Shred Events next week in Eastern Washington. More details can be found at go.bbb.org/nw-syid.
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