The Better Business Bureau serving Asheville and Western North Carolina, OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling, and American Security Shredding invite you to attend the BBB Shred Day/Secure Your Identity Day as part of National Protect Your Identity Week.
Residents and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a vital step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive documents.
"Shredding sensitive paper documents is an important step, but it doesn’t end there,” said Norma Messer, President of the Better Business Bureau serving Asheville and Western North Carolina. “That’s why BBB staff will be distributing important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off.”
“This is largely a crime of access,” added Messer. “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 and NFCC organizations 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.”
Fighting identity theft is a constant battle and the attacks can come from all sides. "Because we are all potential victims, it's important that everyone take the steps to fight identity theft. Assess your level of awareness about identity theft by taking this online self-assessment quiz and determine your personal risk of identity theft," commented Celeste Collins, OnTrack WNC Executive Director.
What can you bring to be shredded?
Bring up to three boxes or bags (weighing no more than 50 pounds total) of documents with personal confidential information to be shredded. Some ideas to target for items to be shredded include: old tax returns, pay stubs, insurance information, Medicare/Medicaid cards or documents, medical receipts, credit card statements, credit reports, pre-approved offers, bank statements, or contribution records. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders, but may contain staples or paper clips. Please do not bring items that simply need to be recycled.
Bring documents to shred and take home the tips and resources you need to help protect yourself and your identity!