Free Document Shredding & ID Theft Prevention Event
Shred, Shop & Save on April 17
Your BBB invites you to “Secure Your ID” Day on Saturday, April 17 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at The Avenue at White Marsh. Join us and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of your sensitive paper documents. BBB volunteers and I will be on-site to provide advice and tips for identity theft protection. Many of The Avenue’s merchants and eateries will be serving up specials, so you can shop, dine and save after taking small portion of your morning to shore-up your financial well-being and get a jump on your spring cleaning with one quick stop.
Last year, 11.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $54 billion, according to a 2010 report from Javelin Strategy and Research.
BBB Secure Your ID Day Details
Who: Better Business Bureau Serving Greater Maryland with national partner the National Association for Information Destruction and local partners AES Builder and Home Improvements, AT&T Mobility, CarChex, CareOne Services, Cintas Document Management, IWIF Workers Compensation Insurance, Mr. Basement and Travel Advantage Network
What: Free on-the-spot document shredding and tips and resources for protecting your identity.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon
Where: The Avenue at White Marsh behind AMC Loews on Town Center Drive
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 and paper clips can be shredded. BBB’s local NAID partner, Cintas Document Management, recycles the shredded material.
As the result of two nationwide Secure Your ID Days in 2009 alone, BBB helped individuals and small businesses at more than 133 sites across the country shred 1.3 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.greatermd.bbb.org/shred.
Identity theft is largely a crime of access. 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.