BBB invites community to take part in Secure Your ID Day
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) will hold their annual Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, April 22. BBB invites the Central Virginia community to BBB “Secure Your ID” Day Saturday, April 22, 2017 at our offices at the Moorefield Office park. Residents and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive paper documents. BBB staff will also be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.
“Properly destroying documents that carry information you don’t want getting into the hands of crooks is an important first step to fighting identity theft, but it doesn’t end there,” said Tom Gallagher, President and CEO. “That’s why BBB experts will also be on hand offering important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off.”
According to a 2014 report from The Bureau of Justice Statistics it found 17.6 million Americans above the age of 16 became victims of ID theft. Those who suffered from identity theft faced higher consequences, the study found. The average out-of-pocket loss nearly doubled per incident.
BBB Event Details
Who: Better Business Bureau Serving Central Virginia
What: Free off-site document shredding and tips and resources for protecting your identity.
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9am to 12pm.
Where: 720 Moorefield Park Drive Richmond VA 23236
Bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded and take home the tips and resources you need to help protect yourself. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders, but staples, paper clips are okay to be shredded.
As the result of two nationwide Secure Your ID Days in 2015, BBB helped individuals and small businesses at more than 120 sites across the country shred 600,000 pounds of sensitive documents—all for free. For more information on BBB “Secure Your ID Day” and identity theft prevention measures for both consumers and businesses, visit www.bbb.org/richmond/get-involved/secure-your-id-day.
“Identity theft is largely a crime of access,” added Tom Gallagher. “Our goal here is to make the information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft. With community-based BBBs across North America collaborating simultaneously, we’ll have a tremendous coast-to-coast presence that will reach a lot of people and, hopefully, prevent a lot of theft.”
BBB serving Central Virginia serves Richmond, the Tri-Cities, Charlottesville, and Fredericksburg, as well as 42 surrounding counties from Fauquier to Mecklenburg and Northumberland to Amherst. The nonprofit organization was established in 1954 to advance responsible, honest, and ethical business practices and to promote customer confidence through self-regulation of business. Core services of BBB include business reliability reports, dispute resolution, truth-in advertising, consumer and business education, and charity review.