GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen. So if you don’t think it can happen to you, you’re wrong. Identity thieves routinely search through dumpsters and trash cans, looking to find confidential information.
As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Michigan is sponsoring a free “Shred Fest” event this Saturday in Grand Rapids at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Church from 10am – 2pm. This is an opportunity to destroy sensitive documents before the thieves can get them and wreak havoc with your family finances.
Security experts recommend shredding 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.
- 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.
Bring your sensitive information to these free shred truck event at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Church, 510 Franklin St. SE, Grand Rapids 10am – 2pm Saturday, August 13th.
Remember: Don’t have your identity stolen. Shred instead.