Document shredding event battles ID theft

The Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin will again host its biannual shredding event from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 2000 E. Milestone Drive in Appleton. It’s part of the BBB’s effort to help people protect themselves from identity theft by shredding confidential documents.

The public is invited to bring up to three boxes of documents to be shredded for free.

This is the eighth year in a row that the BBB has hosted this community event, and we’re often asked a variety of questions. So, if you’re planning on attending, here are the top 10 frequently asked questions:

1. Do I need to unload the boxes myself? No. You simply stay in your car, pull up to the side of the shredding truck and someone will carry your boxes from your car to the shredder. There will be staff and signs to direct you.

2. What size do the boxes need to be? We do not have a limit on the size of the box. However, the boxes need to be small enough so that they can be lifted out of your car by one person.

3. What if I have more than three boxes to be shredded? We may be able to accommodate extra boxes, depending on space available. However, we reserve the right to turn away anyone with a large quantity.

4. How do I know that it’s safe to drop off my confidential documents? Any documents brought to Shredfest will be shredded on the spot by Arms Inc., a professional document destruction company and a BBB-accredited business. You can even watch your documents be shredded, if you like.

5. Do I need to remove staples, paper clips on other metal objects? No. However, we ask that you remove any large metal clips, if possible. Please do not bring items in plastic bags, which cannot be shredded and may jam the shredder.

6. Is there a charge? No. The event is free and provided as a community service by the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin, Thrivent Financial – Outagamie County Chapter and Arms Inc.

7. What needs to be shredded? Any unneeded document containing your personal information, such as your driver’s license number, social security number, bank account number and birth date needs to be shredded. In addition, things like pre-approved credit offers, which identity thieves can steal out of your mailbox and use to take out credit cards in your name, also should be shredded. Please do not bring items such as newspapers that do not need to be shredded.

8. Where is the event located? The address of the event is 2000 E. Milestone Drive in Appleton, which is the former Thrivent Financial Credit Union building. It is not on the grounds of Thrivent Financial’s main campus, but rather directly across Ballard Road from the main entrance to Thrivent Financial’s headquarters.

9. Will the event be held if it rains? Yes, Shredfest will be held rain or shine.

10. Will we accept any computer or electronics for shredding? No. Unfortunately, we will only be shredding paper at Shredfest.

For more information about Shredfest,

go to www.bbb.org/wisconsin/shredfest

or call the BBB at

920-734-4352.

— Susan Bach is regional director of the Better

Business Bureau for northeastern Wisconsin.

She can be reached at sbach@wisconsin.bbb.org.

Article source: http://www.postcrescent.com/story/money/2014/09/28/document-shredding-event-battles-theft/16286753/

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