Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest encourages consumers to load up their cars with unwanted documents to shred at Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, Oct. 21. This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Meridian at Renaissance High School at the West Ada School District, 1307 E Central Dr.
According to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network, victims in Idaho reported more than 9,000 identity theft, fraud and other consumer complaints in 2016. About 15% of the reported complaints involved identity theft and included employment or tax-related fraud, credit card fraud, loan fraud and more.
By properly disposing unneeded and unwanted documents and securely recycling electronics, community members can help prevent identity theft. Free, reliable on-site document shredding, electronic recycling, and identity theft awareness services will be provided during the event with the help of Progressive Realty, West Ada School District, Nampa Police Department, Computers for Kids, Inc., Western Records Destruction and Shred-it.
During the event, mobile shred trucks from Shred-It and Western Records Destruction will accept unwanted documents to shred. Each car can bring up to three bags or boxes of personal documents per person, but no cardboard and three-ring binders, please!
Make sure to take advantage of recycling electronics. Computers for Kids will accept computers, monitors, hard drives and printers free of charge. Please, no televisions.
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, canceled stock certificates, payroll records, withholding statements, and more.
Keep permanently: deeds, mortgages, tax returns, audit reports, legal correspondence, property records, and more.
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