The Better Business Bureau (BBB) invites consumers and businesses to take part in “BBB Secure Your ID Day” on Saturday, October 18. The event provides free shredding and recycling services to take steps toward identity theft prevention and a greener planet.This free document shredding (and distribution of tips and resources for protecting your identity) is from from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The number of victims of identity fraud grew last year to 13.1 million people, resulting in the loss of $18 billion, according to a report from Javelin Strategy and Research.
“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 Timothy Johnston, president and CEO of BBB serving Northern Nevada.
The BBB partners with local companies American Document Destruction, Inc., AT&T, and Granite Construction Supply. The event takes place in the AT&T parking lot (corner of Plumb and Yori) 645 East Plumb Lane, in Reno.
Bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to shred, 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 shred.
For more information on BBB Secure Your ID Day and identity theft prevention measures for both consumers and businesses, click here. bbb.org/reno.
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2013, people turned to BBB more than 132 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 4.5 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. BBB Serving Northern Nevada, founded in 1962 and serving 13 counties in Nevada, is one of 112 local, independent BBBs across North America.
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.