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Erie County Tops locations to host BBB's 'Secure Your ID Day' free paper shredding & identity theft prevention event


Wed, Sep 26th 2018 05:10 pm
BBB of Upstate New York, in partnership with Tops Friendly Markets, Shred-It, AT&T, Greater Baldwinsville, Cheektowaga and West Seneca chambers of commerce will host "Secure Your ID Day" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 6.
Identity theft is at an all-time high and it along with data breaches continues to be a problem in the U.S. In 2017:
6.64 percent of consumers became victims of identity fraud - about 1 in 15 people;
•16.7 million victims reported identity theft last year, which is an increase of 1 million from 2016; and
•Over 1 million children in the U.S. were victims of identity theft in 2017, costing families $540 million in out-of-pocket expenses.
To help combat ID theft and educate the public on best practices to secure personal information, this free shredding event will be held in the parking lots of four Tops Friendly Markets locations: 355 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca; 3865 Union Road (corner of George Urban Boulevard), Cheektowaga; 3507 Mt. Read Boulevard, Greece; and 2265 Downer St., Baldwinsville.
Community members are welcome to bring up to three boxes or bags of documents for free, on-site shredding. Volunteers from partnering organizations will be on hand to assist and distribute safety tips.
AT&T is actively involved in "Secure Your ID Day" again this year providing cybersecurity tips and resources to all that attend one of the locations as part of the company's "Digital You" and "Cyber Aware" free online programs. For more information on online safety and digital id protection, visit digitalyou.att.com and att.com/cyberaware.
BBB offers the following tips to protect your identity:
  • Check your credit reports regularly. You're entitled to a free credit report a year at annualcreditreport.com.
  • Monitor account statements to be sure you were the source for all activity.
  • Shred credit card applications and statements before throwing them away.
  • Never give out personal information.
  • Look for secured websites. Make sure the website has a locked pad icon and "https" in the URL.
  • Protect your PINs and other passwords and change them regularly.
  • Cut up credit cards before pitching them and limit the number of cards you carry.
  • Consider opting out of pre-approved credit card offers, which can be stolen from your mailbox by identity thieves.
  • Update your computer with the latest anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
  • Sign up for the Do Not Call List at donotcall.gov.
For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at www.topsmarkets.com. Visit bbb.org for more Better Business Bureau information.

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