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‘Secure Your ID Day’ Set in Fargo, Bismarck

AARP and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of North Dakota invite Fargo-Moorhead and Bismarck-Mandan area residents to shred unneeded documents on “Secure Your ID Day,” Saturday, Oct. 23.

The Fargo event will be held at the Wells Fargo branch on 13th Ave. S. The Bismarck event will be held at the Wells Fargo Gateway Mall location at 1050 E. Interstate Ave. The times for both events are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Working together with the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) and local organizations – Wells Fargo, Recall, The Forum, and The Bismarck Tribune – AARP and the BBB hope to educate North Dakota consumers on the importance of preventing identity theft. Residents and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of sensitive paper documents as well as CDs and floppy discs. BBB experts will also be on hand offering important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent identity theft.

Identity theft is an equal opportunity crime. However, consumers can greatly reduce their exposure to identity theft by taking simple, preventative measures. “Secure Your ID Day” provides people with an excellent opportunity to destroy sensitive documents for free.

Recall will provide document shredding free of charge. There is a one box per vehicle limit, and documents to be shredded should be removed from binders, but staples, paper clips, CDs and floppy discs are okay to be shredded.

Last year alone, 11.1 million Americans became victims of identity theft, resulting in the loss of $54 billion, according to a 2010 report from Javelin Strategy and Research.

As the result of two nationwide “Secure Your ID Days” in 2009 alone, the 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.

Find more information on the BBB’s “Secure Your ID Day” and identity theft prevention measures for both consumers and businesses online.

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