- Published on Friday, 27 April 2012 20:58
- Written by Super User
AG Cooper encourages consumers to shred old documents to prevent ID theft
RALEIGH, N.C. : April 20, 2012 - Attorney General Roy Cooper is urging North Carolina consumers to shred old documents with personal information at one of the 25 free shredding events taking place across the state this spring, including 13 planned for this weekend.
“Think twice before you simply throw away documents that may contain personal information,” Cooper said. “Low-tech identity thieves will dig through your garbage to look for this information so they can run up charges and debts in your name.”
Consumers can protect themselves from identity theft by bringing pre-approved credit card offers, old bills, out-of-date account statements and other documents that include personal information to any of the shred-a-thons.
Between now and the end of May, a total of 25 free shredding events are planned across North Carolina, including 13 on Saturday, April 21. Shred-a-thons are scheduled for 17 North Carolina cities and towns over the next few weeks, including Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Asheville, Statesville, Wilson, Hendersonville, Tarboro, and Mt. Airy.
For dates, times, locations and other details about shred-a-thons, see our events page at www.ncdoj.gov
The shred-a-thons are sponsored by a number of groups, including Cooper’s office, the Better Business Bureau, banks and credit unions, shredding companies and local civic groups, law enforcement and media.
More shredding events are being planned for upcoming months and will also be posted at www.ncdoj.gov.
For more protection from identity theft, Cooper also suggests the following tips:
• Guard your personal information. Don’t carry your Social Security card, and give out your Social Security Number only when absolutely necessary. Never share your SSN or other personal financial information with anyone you don’t know who calls you or emails you, no matter who they claim to be. Legitimate companies will not ask for your personal information this way.
• Check your credit reports regularly. You’re entitled to one free credit report every year from each of the three major credit bureaus. To get your free report, go to www.annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228. To track your credit throughout the year, request a free report from a different credit bureau every four months.
North Carolina is the first state in the nation to require all credit monitoring services to tell you how to get credit reports for free.
• Consider a free security freeze. Guard against ID theft by freezing your credit reports online for free.
Seniors and victims of identity theft can also freeze their credit by telephone or mail for free.
Placing security freezes on your credit prevents identity thieves from opening new accounts or taking out credit cards and loans in your name. Detailed information about how to place a security freeze is available at www.ncdoj.gov.
• Stop pre-approved credit card applications. Call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT or visit www.optoutprescreen.com to stop pre-approved credit card applications that an ID thief could steal and use to get credit in your name.