AARP and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of North Dakota are sponsoring Secure Your ID Day on October 23 in Fargo and Bismarck. As part of this they are offering free shredding of documents and papers you no longer need. In Fargo it will take place at the Wells Fargo on 13th Ave South and 25th St South.
The hours of the event are 8 am to 1 pm. There is a limit of one box per vehicle.
Residents and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of sensitive paper documents as well as CDs and floppy discs. BBB experts will also be on hand offering important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent identity theft.
Identity theft is an equal opportunity crime. However, consumers can greatly reduce their exposure to identity theft by taking simple, preventative measures. “Secure Your ID Day” provides people with an excellent opportunity to destroy sensitive documents for free.
Last year 11 million Americans became victims of identity theft with a total of $54 billion in loss. There are two “Shred it” days per year. One in the spring and one in the fall. In 2009 between the two events the BBB helped small businesses and individuals at 133 sites and shredded 1.3 million pounds of sensitive documents.