Free program offered by the Attorney General’s Office helps consumers guard against identify theft
Wilmington – Attorney General Beau Biden announced three consumer shredding events next month to help consumers guard against identity theft by facilitating the safe disposal of documents containing sensitive identifying information. At each event, sponsored by Biden’s Consumer Protection Unit, free on-site document shredding will be offered and staff will be on-hand to provide information and answer questions about consumer frauds and scams.
“Identity theft continues to be one of our nation’s fastest-growing crimes and safely disposing of sensitive documents, along with regularly monitoring your financial accounts for unauthorized activity and limiting information you post about yourself online, are important steps you can take to help guard against identify theft and fraud,” Attorney General Biden said. “I also urge Delawareans to gather together unneeded documents containing personal information and bring them to us for free on-site shredding at our consumer shredding events in April.”
Each consumer may bring up to three file-sized boxes of documents, which may contain paper file folders, staples, and paperclips; emptied boxes will be immediately returned to consumers.
According to the federal government, about 7% of individuals over 16 years of age were victims of identity theft in 2012, and 85% of identity theft incidents involved the fraudulent use of existing account information, such as credit card or bank account information. Moreover, financial loss from identity theft nationally reached nearly $25 billion in 2012 (see http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/press/vit12pr.cfm). Shredding bank statements, bills, and other documents that contain consumers’ information is one easy step Delawareans can take to help prevent ID theft.
Shredding events will take place as follows:
Saturday, April 5
9 am to 1 pm
Lowe’s/BJ’s parking lot
Peninsula Crossing Shopping Center, Route 113, Millsboro
Saturday, April 12
9 am to 1 pm
DelDOT Administration Building parking lot
800 Bay Road, just south of the Route 13-113 split, Dover
Saturday, April 26
9 am to 1 pm
William Penn High School parking lot
713 East Basin Road (Route 141), New Castle
Consumers can learn more about protecting themselves from identity theft by visiting www.attorneygeneral.delaware.gov or contacting the Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline at 1-800-220-5424.
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