The AARP Fraud Watch Network will be hosting a free shred-a-thon event at the First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix on Saturday, April 30 as a way to help people combat falling victim to identity theft. The event
Recent figures show that Arizona remains within the top ten states for I.D. theft complaints according to the Federal Trade Commission.
“Pieces of your personal information can be a gold mine to an identity thief,” said AARP Arizona State Director Dana Marie Kennedy. “And throwing your mail or other personal documents directly into the trash without shredding them first can be an open invitation to having your identity stolen.”
Kennedy is encouraging people bring old tax returns, bills, medical records and other personal documents to the event for shredding. Assured Document Destruction will be providing trucks for shredding on site.
“Shredding is a quick and easy, and it’s a great way to protect against from falling victim to I.D. theft,” added Kennedy. “We hope people will take advantage of this free service and bring nonperishable food items for donation to a local area food bank as part of the event.”
The AARP Phoenix Fraud Watch Network Shred-a-Thon will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the First Institutional Baptist Church, 1141 E. Jefferson Street in Phoenix. The event is free and open to the public.
A limit of five banker boxes per person is requested with a donation of nonperishable food items. The event may close earlier if trucks reach capacity before noon. For information call AARP Arizona at 602-262-5180.