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April 21: be Money Smart by Recycling and Shredding

Anchorage, Alaska – April 16, 2012 – How do personal documents, identification cards and cell phones end up in the wrong hands? Identity thieves break into homes, offices, vehicles, mailboxes and dumpsters; while pickpockets physically lift items from individuals.

  • Never store private documents in unsecured locations.
  • Avoid carrying unneeded cards or saving compromising details on electronic devices.
  • Shred unnecessary, expired private documents, such as old: credit card applications, financial statements, bills, insurance paperwork, health forms and junk mail.

To help prevent identity theft and secure data during Money Smart Week—April 21 to 28—shred documents and recycle old cell phones at Better Business Bureau's free Secure Your ID Day: Alaska.bbb.org/secure-your-id.

On Saturday, April 21, join BBB, Wells Fargo, and the Greater Anchorage Chapter of ARMA International at Wells Fargo Bank at 745 East Dimond Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as items are shred on-the-spot by Shred Alaska for free. Drive up to drop off up to three bags or boxes of unwanted documents per person; no cardboard or three-ring binders. Also, donate old cell phones to Verizon’s HopeLine, supporting victims of domestic abuse.

For event information, contact BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington at 907-644-5202 or events@thebbb.org.

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