How do personal documents, identification cards and cell phones end up in the wrong hands? Identity thieves break into homes, offices, vehicles, mailboxes and dumpsters; while pickpockets physically lift items from individuals.
- Never store private documents in unsecured locations.
- Avoid carrying unneeded cards or saving compromising details on electronic devices.
- Shred unnecessary, expired private documents, such as old: credit card applications, financial statements, bills, insurance paperwork, health forms and junk mail.
To help prevent identity theft and secure data during Money Smart Week - April 21 to 28 - shred documents and recycle old cell phones at Better Business Bureau's free Secure Your ID Day: akorww.bbb.org/secure-your-id
On Saturday, April 21, join BBB from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (PST), as items are shred on-the-spot for free. Drive up to drop off up to three bags or boxes of unwanted documents per person; no cardboard or three-ring binders. Donate old cell phones to Verizon’s HopeLine, supporting victims of domestic abuse.
Wells Fargo Alaska at 745 E Dimond Blvd. in Anchorage, Alaska, with Shred Alaska.
US Bank of Oregon at 4505 SW Hall Blvd. in Beaverton, Ore., with Shred-it.
Wilson Motors at 1100 Iowa St. in Bellingham, Wash., with A-1 Shredding.
America’s Credit Union at 1495 Wilmington Dr. in DuPont, Wash., with Cintas.
For event information, contact BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington at email@example.com.