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” on Saturday, Oct. 22.
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 partners – 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 two 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.
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as nine million Americans have their identities stolen each year.
Find more information on the BBB’s “Secure Your ID Day” and identity theft prevention measures for both consumers and businesses.