With W-2 forms popping up in mailboxes throughout the Triad, remember that the Better Business Bureau of Central N.C. again will hold a Shred Day shortly after tax filings are due.
This year’s BBB Secure Your Identity Day will be held on Saturday, April 21, in the Greensboro Coliseum parking lot on the northeast corner of Lee and Chapman streets. The shredding will be handled by Cintas, a sponsor of BBB shred days throughout the nation.
The shredding will be available from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Cintas will be shredding paper documents including those with staples.
“Our primary goal is to prevent identify theft,” said Kevin Hinterberger, president and CEO of the BBB. “But we are also helping people clean out their closets a tour once-a-year Shred Day.”
Identity theft is the use of someone else’s identity for monetary gain. An example would be applying for a credit card in someone else’s name. Scammers use the credit cards to buy items for themselves but bill the unknowing consumer.
Millions of people have their identities stolen each year and costs from these these thefts run into the billions of dollars.
One way to prevent having your financial data stolen is to eliminate an unnecessary documents that include information such as your Social Security number and bank account numbers. The BBB helps with this by offering shred days that allow consumers to shred documents with sensitive information.
You can even watch as the documents are being shredded by one of the Cintas trucks.
“We want to thank our sponsors, Cintas and the Greensboro Coliseum for their help,” Hinterberger said. “Without them, shred day would not be possible.”