BBB Event Offers Free Identity Theft Protection Guidelines & On-Site Document Shredding
BBB invites community to take part in a coast-to-coast “Secure Your ID” Day
Better Business Bureau (BBB) and its major sponsors NAID, Northland Public Library, The Paper Exchange and First Commonwealth Bank invite the Pittsburgh area communities to BBB “Secure Your ID” Day Saturday, April 17, 2010 in the parking lot of 300 Cumberland Road in McCandless Township . Residents and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive documents. BBB staff will be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.
“Shredding sensitive paper documents is an important step, but it doesn’t end there,” said Warren King, president of the BBB. “That’s why BBB experts will also be distributing important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off.”
Last year alone, 11.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $54 billion, according to a 2009 report from Javelin Strategy and Research. The report notes that the majority of ID theft occurs from stolen wallets and physical documents, security breaches, and even from someone you previously knew.
“This is largely a crime of access,” added King. “Our goal here is to make the information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft. With community-based BBBs across North America collaborating simultaneously, we’ll have a tremendous coast-to-coast presence that will reach a lot of people and, hopefully, prevent a lot of theft.”
The first BBB “Secure Your ID” Day held two years ago in Monroeville, yielded 6 tons of shredded paper – and this next event promises to be even larger.
BBB Secure Your ID Day Details
Who: Better Business Bureau Serving Western Pennsylvania with partners Northland Public Library, First Commonwealth Bank, The Paper Exchange, NAID and our local community sponsors:
Breakforth Investment Management, Inc
Casey Insulation, Inc
J A Sauer Heating & Air Conditioning
North Hills Toyota
Prometric Testing Center
Seubert & Associates Insurance
White Heating, Inc
What: Free on-the-spot document shredding and tips and resources for protecting your identity.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Northland Public Library - Parking Lot
300 Cumberland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded and take home the tips and resources you need to help protect yourself. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders. Your BBB will also be giving away two personal shredders from Black & Decker.
For more information call the BBB at 412.456.2700.
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Identity fraud is reaching high outcomes in 2009, click here to learn more.
BBB is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free business BBB Reliability ReportsTM and charity BBB Wise Giving ReportsTM, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is difference in viewpoints. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, 125 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring more than 4 million local and national businesses and charities. Please visit www.bbb.org for more information about BBB.
The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is the nonprofit trade organization of the secure destruction industry. With over 1,200 member locations, NAID members provide secure destruction services to business and government across North America. Visit our website at www.naidonline.org
About The Northland Public Library
Northland Public Library enables, empowers and encourages lifelong learning and discovery Visit website at http://einetwork.net/ein/northland/
About The Paper Exchange
Established in 1996, we are one of the largest independently and locally owned provider of document destruction to all types of organizations in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia & Eastern Ohio. The Paper exchange can also service national accounts through our affiliation with IPSA. The paper exchange is more poised than ever to continue providing outstanding service programs to our customers. Since our inception, we have continued to invest in quality people and equipment in our efforts to maximize our efficiency. In 2004, we increased our capacity by installing a new state-of-the-art shredding facility and continue to add new vehicles to our fleet of trucks. In 2005 and 2006 the paper exchange was selected as one of Pittsburgh’s fastest growing companies by The Pittsburgh Business Times. The paper exchange offers a full range of office solutions from file record storage, to the shredding of sensitive materials like invoices, credit card numbers, financial statements, Healthcare information, client, and employee personal information. The Paper exchange is a NAID AAA certified company, which is the highest certification for security in the industry. No matter the size or need of your organization, the paper exchange has an affordable program to meet your needs. Visit our website at www.thepaperexchange.org
About First Commonwealth Bank
First Commonwealth Financial Corporation is a $6.4 billion financial holding company headquartered in Indiana, Pennsylvania. It operates 115 retail branch offices in 15 counties in western and central Pennsylvania through First Commonwealth Bank, a Pennsylvania chartered bank and trust company. Financial services and insurance products are also provided through First Commonwealth Insurance Agency and First Commonwealth Financial Advisors, Inc. Visit our websit at www.fcbanking.com