Consumer Watch: 'Shred It' event helps protect from identity theft

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 17 at 5:00 PM

(WHAS11) -- As many of you have learned the hard way, fighting identity theft is a constant battle. But there is an event that could keep you one step ahead of the bad guys.
 
Saturday October 20 kicks off protect your identity week, a week where shredding sensitive documents should be something we all consider.  During the event you can do it for free thanks to a shred it event put on by the Better Business Bureau.

"There are still dumpster divers out there that try to get your personal information and the best way to keep yourself away from identity theft is by shredding the information," said Reanna Smith-Hamblin from the BBB.
 
Last year over 700 cars came through, and over 24,000 pounds of documents were shredded at the Shred It Event on Shelbyville Road. This year it is once again in the Middletown Kroger parking lot at 12501 Shelbyville Road from 6 a.m.-noon.

Consumers are encouraged to drop off anything that contains account numbers, social security numbers, birth dates or pin numbers.

"Bring in your boxes, bring in the bags with personal information you want shredded. Great ideas are bank statements credit card statements, anything with your social security on it that you want shredded so that people cannot get that information," said Smith-Hamblin.
 
WHAS11’s Reed Yadon will be out there live Saturday morning for Good Morning Kentuckiana. Stop by, say hello, and shred away.
 
If you have a consumer problem you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

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