Shred Fest 2016 at Tri-C Helps Cleveland-Area Residents Avoid Risk of Identity Theft
April 19, 2016
Columbus, Ohio – As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Ohio is joining with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department to sponsor Shred Fest 2016, an event to provide free shredding of personal financial documents and other sensitive records.
Two Shred Fests will be held: Saturday, April 23 at Tri-C’s Western Campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road, Parma; and Saturday, April 30, at Tri-C’s Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills. Shredding service begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m. or until the on-site shredding service trucks reach full capacity.
These Cleveland-area events are two of dozens of Shred Fest 2016 events scheduled for communities nationwide, during Money Smart Week® April 23-30, with support from the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the AARP Foundation.
“Financial fraud causes millions of dollars in losses each year,” said Tamara James, interim state director at AARP Ohio. “With the tax-filing season is behind us, we’re encouraging taxpayers to do a spring cleaning of their old financial documents and other records.”
“Identity thieves routinely search through dumpsters and trash cans, looking to find confidential information. Our Shred Fest 2016 event will allow consumers to discard this paperwork in a safe and secure manner,” said James.
In 2015 Ohioans registered 15,611 complaints about identity theft with the Federal Trade Commission.
To avoid having your sensitive information compromised, security experts recommend shredding of the following types of materials:
• Old documents: Papers that carry your Social Security number, birth date, signature, account numbers, passwords or PIN numbers.
• Banking: Canceled or unused checks. Shred deposit slips and ATM and credit card receipts, once you receive your monthly statements.
• Credit Cards: Preapproved credit card applications and incentive/gift checks from credit card companies.
• Medical: unneeded medical bills.
• Investments: Investment account statements.
• Obsolete ID cards: Expired driver’s licenses, medical insurance cards and passports.
Shred Fest 2016 events are being held in at least 37 states next week. Residents of other communities who wish to take advantage of a Shred Fest event may refer to online schedule.
And for those consumers who use a home shredder, experts also recommend the use of a micro-cut model. Tests have shown that the scraps of paper from a straight or cross-cut shredder can be reassembled by identity thieves. With a micro-cut shredder, the paper is rendered into impossible-to-reassemble debris.
Information on how to avoid identity theft, frauds and other types of scams is available from the Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/FraudWatchNetwork.