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BBB Offers FREE On-Site Document Shredding and Identity Theft Prevention Tips!!!

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BBB Offers FREE On-Site Document Shredding and Identity Theft Prevention Tips!!!

 The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and its partners will hold their annual Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, April 21st. 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 as well as CDs and floppy discs.

"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," said BBB President, David Weiss. "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."

Last year alone, 8.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $37 billion, according to a 2011 report from Javelin Strategy and Research. Despite the drop in instances from 2009, those who suffered from identity theft last year faced higher consequences, the study found. The average out-of-pocket loss nearly doubled, going from $387 to $631 per incident.

BBB Event Details

 

Two Locations:

1. Solon: Rad Air Complete Car Care, 6221 Som Center Ave. (Rad Air is located next to Sears) from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 

2. Canton: Downtown Ford Auction lot, 1423 West Tuscarawas Street 

(across from Downtown Ford's showroom with easy access from I-77)  from 9am-1pm

 

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, CDs and floppy discs are okay to be shredded.

 

As the result of two nationwide Secure Your ID Days in 2011 alone, BBB helped individuals and small businesses at more than 120 sites across the country shred 2.1 million 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.Cleveland.bbb.org/secure_id.

 

"Identity theft is largely a crime of access," added Weiss. "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."

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