Better Business Bureau invites consumers and businesses to shred sensitive documents at a free paper shredding event on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Mel Rapton Honda
, 3630 Fulton Ave in Sacramento.
Up to six boxes of paper can be shredded by mobile shredding trucks between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Boxes one through three are free to shred, courtesy of American Mobile Shredding
. A $3 donation for boxes four, five and six is requested to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Sacramento.
The event aims to curb identity theft, a crime reported by the Federal Trade Commission
as the most complained about form of fraud in 2012.
“Identity theft is a perpetual problem for everyone and damages so many aspects of our lives,” said Gary Almond, president of BBB Serving Northeast California. “The first step in protecting yourself is through the shredding of all sensitive items."
Consumers are urged to shred anything containing financial information, account numbers, PINs, birth dates or Social Security numbers.
When deciding what to keep and what to shred, the following guidelines are suggested:
• Keep for three years: bank statements, expired insurance policies, employment applications and more.
• Keep for seven years: invoices, cancelled stock certificates, payroll records, withholding statements and more.
• Keep permanently: deeds, mortgages, tax returns, audit reports, insurance records, legal correspondence, property records and more.
For more information, contact BBB at 916-443-6843 or visit necal.bbb.org