Identity theft is an enormous problem, but there are a number of steps you can take to secure your personal information.
On Saturday, April 20, businesses and individuals can shred up to three hundred pounds of paper per vehicle at no charge at the next BBB ‘Shred Day’ at the BBB Tyler offices at 3600 Old Bullard Rd. Ark La Tex Shredding, STS Electronic Recycling and Allied Waste Systems are generously donating their shredding, data destruction and cardboard disposal services for the event. Shredder trucks will be on hand from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Information on identity theft protection also will be available.
“Over fifty percent of identity theft victims traced the theft to something which was stolen from their possession, so protecting our identities is largely in our own hands”, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas. “BBB Shred Day is an opportunity for local consumers and businesses to take some proactive measures to prevent identity theft and help the environment through free on-site document shredding, as well as paper, cell phone and computer recycling”.
Don’t know what to shred and what to keep? Here’s a quick run-down:
- If you don’t need it, shred it – responsibly.
- Keep for three years: bank statements, expired insurance policies, employment applications, and more
- Keep for seven years: invoices, cancelled stock certificates, payroll records, withholding statements, and more
- Keep permanently: deeds, mortgages, tax returns, audit reports, insurance records, legal correspondence, property records, and more
Check out our full Records Retention Schedule online for more details.
Businesses, do you know how to protect your customers’ data and privacy? Learn everything you need to know with BBB’s “Data Security – Made Simpler.”
BBB hosts “Secure Your ID Day” twice a year. At last year’s spring event, 41 BBBs shredded more than 774 tons of sensitive documents free of charge.
For more information about the event, contact BBB at 903-581-5704 or by going to www.easttexas.bbb.org A guide to documents that should be retained is below. More information is available at http://www.bbb.org/us/Identity-Theft-Resources/.
Contacts: Mechele Mills, President & CEO firstname.lastname@example.org or Kaylen Burgess, Communication Assistant email@example.com.
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