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Secure Your ID shred & disposal event 4/22

Posted April 14

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. It’s important to securely get rid of personal documents and electronics.

To assist consumers and business owners, Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina is hosting a spring “Secure Your ID” Day event in partnership with Coastal Credit Union.

The event will be held at the Coastal headquarters off Wake Forest Road in Raleigh on Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The address is 1000 St. Albans Drive, Raleigh.

They will offer complimentary document shredding, collection of computers and hard-drives for secure destruction, electric/electronics recycling and identity protection tips.

See below for all the details, including specific items they will take.

RALEIGH, N.C. – In the United States, an individual’s identity is stolen every two seconds and 56 percent of those victims trace the incident back to private information stolen from their own possession. To help prevent this from happening within the Triangle community, Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina is hosting a spring “Secure Your ID” Day event in partnership with Coastal Credit Union, a not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing its members the services they need affordably, conveniently and professionally.

The event will be held at the Coastal headquarters off Wake Forest Road in Raleigh, Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Community members can take advantage of complimentary document shredding, collection of computers and hard drives for secure destruction, electric/electronics recycling and identity protection tips. Local partners Shred-It and GEEP will be onsite.

“Protecting an individual’s identity is largely attributed to safely disposing of sensitive documents and electronics,” says Alyssa Gutierrez, director of communications at BBB serving Eastern North Carolina. “Not being aware of how to properly dispose of documents and electronics that contain personal information is a common reason why people fall victim to identity fraud. That is why we implemented our free shred events to offer the perfect opportunity for individuals to protect themselves.”

The event is an easy drive-thru experience for community members who will never have to leave their cars. Each vehicle is directed to appropriate stations where a team of volunteers collect paper and devices and the individual watches as they are safely destroyed or recycled.

People are encouraged to bring up to three boxes/bags of documents that have been removed from binders, and up to five electric/electronic devices. Accepted items include computers, cell phones, tablets, TVs, printers, fax machines, DVD/CD players, microwaves and toasters. To date, the semi-annual “Secure Your ID” Day events have safely destroyed nearly 400,000 lbs. of sensitive documents and recycled nearly 100,000 lbs. of electronics.

“We are so excited to partner up with BBB for another year to host this event,” said Coastal spokesman, Joe Mecca. “It is the perfect opportunity to give back to our members and the Triangle community to prevent the risk of identity fraud. We look forward to seeing everyone there!”

The April 22 event will be held at Coastal’s location at 1000 St. Albans Drive, off Wake Forest Road. Additional event information is available at www.bbbshred.org.

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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Apr 15, 8:22 a.m.

    jdouglas13 - this is the perfect place for you to bring those old laptops.

  • jdouglas13 Apr 14, 6:13 p.m.

    This is great info -- thanks, Faye! I have several old, broken laptops that have just been collecting dust because I didn't know how to get rid of them safely, and wasn't sure if a dip in the bathtub would take of the sensitive info/hard drive, etc.

    That much less junk to move! :)