Posted on September 5th, 2013 No comments
Protect Your Identity Day
Come to our free, secure and confidential paper and hard drive shredding event in Miami!
October 13th 2013
North Miami Beach Police Department
16901 NE 19th Ave, North Miami Bch, FL 33162
* The limit of shredding is 5 boxes per person. Hard drive destruction is $10.00 each hard drive, paid in cash to MicroShred employees.
Posted on April 9th, 2008 2 comments
One of the fastest growing crimes of our time is identity theft. In recent years, identity thieves have left many people feeling uneasy and with good reason. As soon as someone steals something that can provide them with your identity, such as financial records, legal documents, or medical records, they can use everything that you have worked for to their benefit.
It is relatively easy for someone to steal your identity, especially for those who know what they are doing. Once your information has been stolen, your bank account can be emptied or the balance on your credit cards can be run up. It is hard to catch an identity thief and it’s not easy to fix what they have done. The best way to be safe from identity theft is to prevent it. In order to protect yourself, you need to know what a thief is looking for and be sure to shred such documents.
Here are the top 20 documents to shred (in no particular order) to protect yourself against identity theft :
1. Financial records are an obvious hit for identity theft. These documents contain all your financial information, possibly even your account numbers.
2. Magnetic media – tapes, disks, CD’s or anything storing electronic data.
3. Payroll records. These documents contain how much money you make, exactly what thieves want to know.
4. Legal documents. Even though these documents might not contain financial information, they most likely contain personal information that can lead to your financial info.
5. Account records – which contain personal information like your address, phone number and sometimes even your social security number.
6. Medical records
7. Class Rosters
8. Maps and blueprints
9. New product proposals. If this falls into the hands of a thief, they can propose your product before you do.
10. Inventory lists. This is like a map for a robbery. Knowing what you have makes it really easy to know what to steal.
11. Confidential correspondence – such as letters, emails, etc.
12. Customer lists and estimates
13. Tax records contain lots of personal information. Also how high your taxes are is dependent on how much you make.
14. Outdated business records
16. Cancelled checks
17. Price Lists
18. Microfilm and fiche
19. Credit and ID Cards
20. Junk Mail – this is overlooked quite often.