Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) and AARP North Dakota are once again sponsoring free shredding events as part of Secure Your ID Day. At these events, which will take place Saturday, April 26, in Bismarck, Fargo and Jamestown, area residents and small businesses are invited to shred and properly dispose of up to two boxes of sensitive documents and compact discs free of charge. The three events, which run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., are part of a series of Secure Your ID Day events being hosted by BBBs across the country.

“Secure Your ID Day is a wonderful way for consumers and small business owners to take action and reduce their risk of falling victim to identity theft,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “We are proud to be a sponsor of these events each spring and fall.”

The goal of Secure Your ID Day is to educate consumers about identity theft, which – for the 14th straight year – topped the list of complaints reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2013. Of the two million complaints they received last year, 14 percent were related to identity theft, according to their annual report. The highest reported age group for identity theft was 20-29, comprising 20 percent of those complaints.

            BBB Secure Your ID Day Details  

Who: BBB and AARP North Dakota, along with local partners The Bismarck Tribune, The Forum, Recall, Wells Fargo (Bismarck and Fargo); The Jamestown Sun, RSVP+ND South Central, MinnKota Secured Document Destruction Services and First Community Credit Union (Jamestown). 

What: Free document shredding and distribution of tips and resources for protecting your identity.

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Bismarck: Wells Fargo, 1050 E. Interstate Ave.

              Fargo: Wells Fargo, 2501 13th Ave S.

                          Jamestown: First Community Credit Union, 111 9th Street SW

BBB and AARP ND staff will also be on hand to provide tips and fact sheets on how to avoid identity theft. There will also be a drawing at each Secure Your ID Day location for a free shredder from AARP ND and Better Business Bureau.

For more information on Secure Your ID Day and identity theft prevention measures for consumers and businesses, visit bbb.org/minnesota/get-involved/shred-event-secure-your-id-day/. AARP has also launched a new Fraud Watch Network (www.fraudwatchnetwork.com) to help its members and others fight identity theft and fraud and give them access to information about how to protect themselves and their families.

The mission of the Better Business Bureau is to be the leader in building marketplace trust by promoting, through self-regulation, the highest standards of business ethics and conduct, and to instill confidence in responsible businesses through programs of education and action that inform, assist and protect the general public. We are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact the BBB at bbb.org or 651-699-1111, toll-free at 1-800-646-6222.

 

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