BBB Wisconsin to Hold Bi-Annual Free Shredding Event to Help Fight Identity Theft

  
     
September 13, 2017

On Saturday, September 23rd, the Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin (BBB), Summit Credit Union, and Pellitteri will host Secure Your ID Day (“ShredFest”) – a free document shredding event that helps people protect themselves from identity theft.

Identity Theft was the #3 consumer complaint reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last year.

The event will be held at two consecutive locations, in Muskego and Madison from 8:30 am to 11 am:

 

Milwaukee – Muskego ShredFest
Summit Credit Union
W156 S6840 Moorland Rd
Muskego, WI 53150

Madison ShredFest

Summit Credit Union
2424 Rimrock Rd. 
Madison, WI 53713

 

“Each year millions of individuals become victims of identity theft, which is a very serious crime,” said Jim Temmer, President and CEO of BBB Serving Wisconsin. “The proper destruction of personal documents is an important first step as it decreases the risk that personal data will fall into the wrong hands.”

Wisconsin ranked #30 throughout the nation in identity theft complaints to the FTC with 5,054 filed in 2016 to the FTC. Employment or tax-related fraud was the most common form of reported identity theft at 42 percent, followed by credit card fraud (30 percent), bank fraud (nine percent), phone or utilities fraud (9 percent), loan or lease fraud (six percent), and government documents or benefits fraud (four percent). and “other” types of identity theft (eleven percent). 

The BBB’s ShredFest is a bi-annual event held in spring and fall and is part of a larger, national shredding event hosted by BBB offices throughout the United States.

 

Important ShredFest Event Information:

  • You may bring no more than the equivalent of 3 boxes of paper to shred
  • Shredding materials cannot be in plastic bags because they may jam the shredder (paper bags are fine)
  • All material must be paper products only
  • Staples, paper clips and rubber bands do not need to be removed
  • No three-ring binders, hanging file folders, or media such as CDs, discs, tapes or credit cards will be accepted


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.

For more information including a list of items that should be shredded, click here.