BBB Event Offers Free Identity Theft Protection Guidelines and On-Site Document Shredding
BBB Mississippi invites the Jackson area community to take part in a nation-wide event: “Secure Your ID Day"
Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Mississippi and its partners – Cintas, CredAbility, BankPlus, Magnolia Data Solutions, Mississippi Braves and McAlister’s Deli - invite area residents to the Fall 2013 “SECURE YOUR ID DAY" on Saturday October 19 in Flowood.
Residents and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive documents. Staff will be on-site to distribute information containing advice and tips for identity theft protection.
“Shredding sensitive paper documents is an important step, but it doesn’t end there,” said John O’Hara President/CEO of BBB serving Mississippi. “That’s why we will also be distributing important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off.”
8.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $37 billion, according to a 2011 report from Javelin Strategy and Research. Despite the drop in instances from 2009, those who suffered from identity theft last year faced higher consequences, the study found. The average out-of-pocket loss nearly doubled, going from $387 to $631 per incident.
“This is largely a crime of access,” added O’Hara. “Our goal here is to make the information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft. With community-based BBBs across North America collaborating simultaneously, we’ll have a tremendous coast-to-coast presence that will reach a lot of people and, hopefully, prevent a lot of theft.”
Mississippi Secure Your ID Day Details
When: Saturday, October 19, 2013 7:30am to 12:30pm
Where: BankPlus - Treetops location, 2351 Lakeland Dr, Flowood
What: Free, on-the-spot document shredding; Tips and resources for protecting identity
Who: Better Business Bureau Serving Mississippi
BankPlus Cintas Magnolia Data Solutions Mississippi Braves CredAbility McAlister's Deli
Our next Secure Your ID Day will be
April 26, 2014
Take Advantage of BBB "Secure Your ID" Day
Did you know that protecting your identity is largely in your own hands? Fifty-six percent of identity theft victims traced the theft to something that was stolen from their own possession.
So here’s the first rule: If you don’t need it, shred it – responsibly. BBB is here to help with Secure Your ID Day.
On Saturday, April 26, 2014, BBBs across North America will host this helpful identity theft prevention event featuring FREE on-site shredding, electronic recycling, plus tips to protect your identity.
The fall Secure Your ID Day event is scheduled for Saturday, October 11, 2014