How On-Site Shredding Can Help Protect You From Identity Theft

Your personal identity is an important commodity. Keeping it safe, and free from prying eyes, is not only important to the security and future of your finances, but also for information that you do not wish to share.

According to the FTC, it is estimated that each year over 9 million people are victims of identity theft. Something that, in many cases, could have been avoided completely if some simple precautions were put into place.

This is why on-site shredding is such a valuable tool in fighting identity theft. Because every piece of paper that is thrown in the trash, down to the smallest identifiable detail, has the potential of becoming used and exploited by a crook.

Here are some common examples of documents that most of us throw away without even thinking that, had they been shredded, could have avoided turning trash day into “cash day” for a thief:

  • Out of date credit cards
  • Credit or debit receipts and statements
  • Expired credit and debit cards
  • Unused credit card checks
  • Bank statements (checking and savings)
  • Pre-approved credit offers/applications
  • Canceled checks
  • Financial account statements
  • Pension statements
  • Pay stubs
  • Wage and earnings statements
  • Paid bill invoices
  • Any invoices or statements
  • Tax returns
  • Medical bills
  • Insurance claims
  • Insurance policy information
  • Expired IDs

Sadly, anything you throw in the trash with identifiable information attached to it is prone to being used for ill purposes. Including envelopes with return addresses indicating where you bank; who your doctor is; where your financial investments are housed; your mortgage brokers, and so on.

Fortunately, however, this type of identity theft is extremely possible to curb. By simply shredding every document, receipt, envelope, or simple piece of paper with your personal information on it, you can stop confidential information from falling into the wrong hands, and you can prevent thieves from exploiting your personal and financial information, stopping them dead in their tracks.

For more information on how we can help protect your valuable and confidential personal information, please contact us any time.

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