FAIRFIELD — Getting rid of unwanted documents protects personal information from identity thieves. Residents and small businesses can bring up to five boxes or bags, a Travis Credit Union press release said. In addition, they can drop off obsolete computers, monitors, printers, keyboards and other electronic devices.
Plus, participants can get information on how to protect themselves against identity theft.
“Shredding sensitive paper documents is an important first step, but it doesn’t end there,” said Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, president of Travis Credit Union, in a press release. “That’s why Travis Credit Union will also distribute important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off.”
Last year, 8.1 million Americans became victims of identity theft, resulting in the loss of
$45 billion, according a report from Javelin Strategy and Research. The report notes that
56 percent of identity theft occurred when the thief had direct contact with the victim’s personal information, through a stolen or lost wallet, rifling through a mailbox or trash can or stealing documents from a home or business.
Travis Credit Union, Security-Shred Inc. and California Electronics and Recycling are sponsoring the event.
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