BBB invites community to take part in a coast-to-coast Secure Your BBB invites community to take part in a coast-to-coast Secure Your ID Day
(October 15, 2012 - Springfield, Mo) The Better Business Bureau (BBB) will hold their semi-annual Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, October 20. BBB invites the Southwest Missouri community to BBB “Secure Your ID” Day Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Great Southern Bank Operations Center at 218 S. Glenstone in Springfield. Residents and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive paper documents as well as CDs and floppy discs. BBB staff will also be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.
“Properly destroying documents that carry information you don’t want getting into the hands of crooks is an important first step to fighting identity theft, but it doesn’t end there,” said Judy Mills, President and CEO of BBB serving Southwest Missouri. “That’s why BBB experts will also be on hand offering important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off.”
According to a 2011 report from Javelin Strategy and Research it found 8.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $37 billion. Those who suffered from identity faced higher consequences, the study found. The average out-of-pocket loss nearly doubled, going from $387 to $631 per incident.
BBB Event Details
Who: Better Business Bureau Serving Southwest Missouri
What: Free on-the-spot document shredding and tips and resources for protecting your identity.
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Great Southern Bank Operations Center: 218 S. Glenstone, Springfield
Bring up to five boxes or bags of documents to be shredded and take home the tips and resources you need to help protect yourself. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders, but staples, paper clips, CDs and floppy discs are okay to be shredded.
As the result of two nationwide Secure Your ID Days in 2011, BBB helped individuals and small businesses at more than 120 sites across the country shred 2.1 million pounds of sensitive documents—all for free. For more information on BBB “Secure Your ID Day” and identity theft prevention measures for both consumers and businesses, visit: http://swmo.bbb.org/secure-your-id/
“Identity theft is largely a crime of access,” added Mills. “Our goal here is to make the information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft. With community-based BBBs across North America collaborating simultaneously, we’ll have a tremendous coast-to-coast presence that will reach a lot of people and, hopefully, prevent a lot of theft.”
BBB is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free business BBB Business Reviews® and charity BBB Wise Giving ReportsTM, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is difference in viewpoints. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, 116 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring more than 4 million local and national businesses and charities. Please visit www.bbb.org for more information about BBB.