Would you believe that every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen? And it’s not hard to imagine, given all the data breaches in the news lately. Combating fraud is a priority for AARP New York and that is why we are launching Operation: Stop Scams,
In a recent report, AARP found that 43% of 50+ voters in New York State or someone they know have encountered a fraud or scam in the past 5 years; 56% are extremely to very worried about becoming a victim of identity theft, which was tops among all types of fraud.
Identity thieves routinely search through dumpsters and trash cans, looking for confidential information. One way to keep your identity safe is to shred documents containing personal information. This includes bank and credit card statements, tax forms, and medical bills. 41% of respondents age 50+ shred documents once a week or more.
“Identity theft is one of the most prevalent types of fraud encountered by people age 50 and over,” said Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP New York. “By doing something as simple as shredding their documents, New Yorkers can safeguard their identity along with their hard earned credit rating and retirement savings from unscrupulous thieves.
In 2015 alone, New York registered more than 100,000 complaints about fraud with the Federal Trade Commission.
To avoid having your sensitive information compromised, security experts recommend shredding of the following types of materials:
Operation Stop Scams events are being held across New York State, find one near you (see below). And for those consumers who use a home shredder, experts also recommend the use of a micro-cut model. Tests have shown that the scraps of paper from a straight or cross-cut shredder can be reassembled by identity thieves. With a micro-cut shredder, the paper is rendered into impossible-to-reassemble debris.
More information on how to keep safe from identity theft fraud, and alerts regarding other types of scams, is available from the Fraud Watch Network.
Join us for us a free shredding event. Each person can bring up to three grocery bags of personal documents. Residential documents only. Trucks will stay on site for the time scheduled or until the truck fills up.
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Shredding services will be performed by a third party. All documents and information provided for shredding are subject to that party’s privacy and informational security policies.
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