Raleigh, NC (PressExposure) April 21, 2008 -- BBB Invites Triangle Community to Take Part in âSecure Your IDâ Day
The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina announces it will host a local shredding event for individuals and small businesses on Saturday, May 3 at the Ridgewood Shopping Center in Raleigh. The free event from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will help protect against identity theft by disposing of information responsibly.
âShredding sensitive paper documents is an important first step, but it doesnât end there,â says Beverly Baskin, president and CEO of BBB of Eastern North Carolina. âThatâs why BBB experts will also be distributing important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off.â
In 2007, 8.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $45 billion, according to a 2008 report from Javelin Strategy and Research. The report notes that the majority (56 percent) of ID theft occurs when the thief had direct contact with the victimâs personal information, through a stolen or lost wallet, rifling through a personal mailbox or trashcan, or even lifting documents from inside a home or business.
âThis is largely a crime of access,â adds Baskin. âOur 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 for the very first time for an in-market event like this, weâll have a tremendous coast-to-coast presence that will reach a lot of people and, hopefully, stop a lot of theft.â
BBB is partnering nationally with Equifax and the National Association of Information Destructionâand locally with ProShred Security and Panther Shreddingâto offer this free community service, coupled with expert advice and resources for protecting personal information from ID thieves.
Participants are encouraged to bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders. At the event, BBB and other participating organizations will provide tips and resources to help protect your identity.
For more information, visit http://www.raleigh.bbb.org.