The Better Business Bureau invites the entire metro Omaha community to a free shredding event on Saturday, October 22nd. It will be held in the parking lot of Methodist Health System located at 85th and West Dodge Rd from 8:00am- 12:00pm.
Consumers and small businesses are encouraged to attend and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive paper documents. Shredding will occur on site and BBB staff will be there to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.
Identity theft affected the lives of more than 8.1 million adult victims in 2010. According to a report from Javelin Strategy and Research, the theft resulted in the loss of $37 billion dollars. On top of that, children may be 51 times more likely than adults to have their identity stolen, according to a study conducted by AllClear ID.
“We are all at risk for identity theft, but our children are particularly vulnerable,” said BBB president Jim Hegarty. Child identity theft is a growing crime that is causing damage to the pristine credit reports of children. Hundreds of online businesses are finding inactive Social Security numbers online – most of which are assigned to children under the age of 18 who have not started using them yet. These scammers are then selling the numbers under different names to help people establish fake credit. Protecting your child’s innocent, clean record is something that every parent needs to do.
Recognizing the need for a nationwide grassroots consumer education outreach, the Better Business Bureau is joining government agencies and national advocacy organizations in launching the 4th annual National Protect Your Identity Week (PYIW) October 16 – 22, 2011. This event coincides with BBB’s “Secure Your ID Day” to be held on October 22, 2011.