April 12, 2007
Jefferson City, Mo.— St. Louis-area residents will have an opportunity to fight identity theft by shredding their unneeded confidential documents free of charge this Saturday (April 14). Attorney General Jay Nixon invites consumers to participate in the annual Shred Day at the St. Louis Galleria in Brentwood between 8 a.m. and noon.
Nixon's office and other law enforcement agencies are sponsoring the event, which will feature a mobile truck and shredder donated by Shred-It, a local document security company. Consumers and businesses are invited to bring up to three boxes of confidential documents like check stubs, bank statements and credit card offers to be shredded for free.
“Identity thieves get some of their best material rummaging through trash cans finding old receipts and bank statements to get personal information,” Nixon said. “Shredding confidential, unneeded documents is a key way consumers can protect themselves.”
Nixon says other identity theft prevention tips include:
Nixon also encourages consumers to watch out for identity theft by checking monthly bank statements, credit-card statements and their credit report, which they can do for free three times a year at www.annualcreditreport.com or 877-322-8228.
Nixon offers an ID Theft Hotline at 1-800-392-8222, which consumers can call to report being a victim or to get further information. Identity theft resources are available at the Attorney General's Web site, ago.mo.gov.
Along with Nixon's office, sponsors of Shred Day include the Better Business Bureau, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Trade Commission.
Media advisory: There will be photo, video and interview opportunities with consumers and agency staffers as documents are dumped into the shred truck.