Shred Fest is a FREE annual shredding service in NYC and the rest of New York State, sponsored by the AARP Stop Scams program.
There are FREE shredding events in all five boroughs starting next week and through May.
You don’t have to be an AARP member, or even over 50, to take advantage of this FREE public paper shredding program.
Just bring your sensitive documents, and watch them turned into confetti.
Why you should shred your old documents
Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen, and 16.7 million Americans were victimized by identity fraud last year.
Overall fraud incidence climbed eight percent.
A whopping 90 percent of New York Generation Xers and Baby Boomers called the prevalence of fraud, including identity theft, a “significant problem” for New Yorkers – with 63 percent saying it’s a “very significant problem,” according to a recent AARP NY/Siena College survey.
In 2016, the Federal Trade Commission received more than 132,000 complaints about identity fraud just from New York State residents.
In a recent AARP survey, 88 percent of registered NYC voters said it is very important to guard against identity theft and fraud.
If you cannot attend an Operation: Stop Scams event, this is what security experts recommend to shred elsewhere to avoid having your sensitive information compromised:
- Papers that include your Social Security number, birth date, signature, account numbers, passwords or PIN numbers.
Banking and investment records:
- Canceled or unused checks.
- Shred deposit slips and ATM and credit card receipts once you receive your monthly statements.
- Old investment account statements.
- Pre-approved credit card applications and incentive/gift checks from credit card companies.
- Old unneeded medical bills and prescriptions.
Obsolete ID cards:
- Expired driver’s licenses, medical insurance cards and passports.