BBB organizes Shred Day and offers tips for deleting documents and avoiding identity theft


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Identity theft was the most reported scam of 2021 for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) ​​Serving Northern Indiana. To prevent scammers from getting their hands on sensitive information, BBB invites the community to bring these private documents to Shred Day.

The event offers secure shredding Saturday at Purdue Fort Wayne from 9 a.m. to noon, or until the truck is full. The event is free and $5 donations are accepted for the BBB’s Charitable and Educational Fund.

Bring up to five boxes of documents to be shredded. Binders are not accepted, but staples, paper clips, CDs and diskettes may be shredded. Head toward car park 12 near back of PFW campus for car service.

Suggested documents to be shredded include:

  • Bank statements, payslips and medical bills older than one year
  • Paid utility bills that are more than a month old
  • Pre-approved credit card or loan applications
  • ATM receipts
  • Tax supporting documents dating back more than seven years

In addition to shredding documents containing sensitive personal data, the BBB offers the following tips to protect you and your family from identity thieves:

  • Look for unexpected or unexplained withdrawals, charges, and accounts. Regularly review your bank, credit card and other financial records as they become available. Keep track of when your invoices are due. If you see activity that you don’t recognize or stop receiving bills, statements, or other communications unexpectedly, this may be a red flag. This can happen when a scammer changes the address associated with your bank, card, or other services. Immediately follow up on missing invoices or strange charges. Consider setting up alerts on your accounts so you get notified whenever a transaction is made.
  • Check your credit reports for unauthorized applications or accounts. You can check your credit report for free with each of the major credit bureaus once a year in line. It is the only free credit reporting service authorized by the Federal Trade Commission. If you space these checks out throughout the year, you can catch any strange activity before it gets out of control.
  • Practice good digital security. Use strong passwords and change them regularly. Make sure you don’t use the same passwords for multiple online accounts. Avoid common passwords and security questions, such as your child’s name, date of birth, the last four digits of your social security number, the names of your pets, your first car, or your hometown . Much of this information could be gathered from your (or a friend’s) social media.

The event is sponsored by 3Rivers Federal Credit Union.


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