Secure Your ID Day comes to St. Cloud
As part of Secure Your ID Day, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) will host its first free shredding event in Minnesota on Saturday, April 20, in St. Cloud. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the St. Cloud State University Welcome Center, on 355 Fifth Ave. S., outside in the parking lot and inside the lobby.
Consumers and small businesses in the St. Cloud area are encouraged to “secure their ID” by bringing up to five boxes of unwanted documents for free and secure shredding. A large Shred Right truck will be available to collect items such as bank statements, tax documents, bills, cancelled checks, legal documents, personal medical information, investment statements, CDs, tapes, and credit card information for prompt and secure disposal.
The BBB, along with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Shred Right, have partnered for this event to help educate consumers about identity theft, which 12.6 million American adults were victims of in 2012, according to the latest Javelin Strategy and Research study. That’s one victim every three seconds.
Secure Your ID Day events have been held each spring and fall at locations nationwide for several years, with the BBB once again hosting events in Fargo and Bismarck, N.D., this spring along with AARP North Dakota and other local partners. Last fall, Jamestown, N.D., was also added to that list and will be the site of another Secure Your ID Day event on April 20. These events are all part of a series of free identity protection events held by Better Business Bureaus across the country that day. http://minnesota.bbb.org/secure-your-id/.
Free refreshments will be provided for consumers and business owners who visit the lobby of the Welcome Center. The BBB, Shred Right, and the SBDC will be on hand distributing information about their organizations and tips on how to avoid identity theft. There will also be a chance to win a free document shredder provided by the BBB.