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Free Shred-a-Thon Friday fights identity theft and fraud

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)

"Montgomery area and Alabama, but across the country,” said Jessica Pigg with MAX Federal Credit Union, one of the event’s sponsors. “Residents can bring up to 5 boxes or bags of confidential documents to shred.”

MAX teamed up with AARP of Alabama, the Montgomery Clean City Commission, and WSFA 12 News to host a Shred-a-Thon in the south parking lot of Garrett Coliseum at 1555 Federal Drive. The shredding event was from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The final car count for the event was 1,209. 

AARP recommends taking even more steps to protect your identity. “Checking your credit report every year, keeping up with your bank statements, watching your mail and when it’s delivered,” explained AARP of Alabama’s Anna Pritchett.

According to AARP Fraud Watch Network, the event was intended to protect one from fraud and identity theft while helping you stay one step ahead of the criminals. Examples of personal and private residential document shredding include: 

  • ATM receipts
  • Bank statements
  • Birth certificate copies
  • Canceled and voided checks
  • Credit card bills, carbon copies, summaries and receipts
  • Credit reports and histories
  • Documents containing maiden name 
  • Documents containing names, addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses
  • Documents relating to investments
  • Documents containing passwords or PIN numbers
  • Driver’s licenses or items with a driver’s license number
  • Employee pay stubs
  • Employment records
  • Expired passports and visas
  • Old legal documents
  • Investment, stock and property transactions
  • Items with a signature 
  • Medical and dental records
  • Papers with a Social Security numbers
  • Tax forms (the IRS recommends keeping up to 7 years of tax records)
  • Transcripts
  • Travel itineraries
  • Utility bills 

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