Posted on October 16th, 2013 No comments
South Florida’s Leading Company for Secure Paper and Data Destruction
MicroShred, LLC offers several types of shredding services depending on your needs. We use highly trained, responsible and bonded service personnel to handle your confidential data. We also provide free estimates and a 30 day risk free trial for qualified companies interested in our mobile route services.
All destruction is done by our mobile shredding trucks. We will come to your home or place of business and shred your confidential material without interfering with your daily operations. You may, of course, witness the process at any time. The materials are destroyed beyond recognition, reconstruction and readability. No need to remove paper clips, staples, binder clips or other fasteners. We shred everything!
Upon completion, you are issued a Certificate of Destruction certifying the time and date your materials were destroyed. The obliterated material is then transported to our secured recycling facility. MicroShred recycles all of the paper that we’ve destroyed.
Fully Licensed, Bonded & Insured
We are members of NAID (The National Association for Information Destruction), an international trade association for companies providing information destruction services who sets national standards for data destruction. Our primary objective is to protect and safeguard your private information with the highest level of security and value in the market.
Trusted By Many Industries
Our diverse clientele includes government offices, schools, healthcare agencies, financial institutions, manufacturing companies and law offices. We have established these relationships by providing our clients with superior security, outstanding customer service and cost effective pricing. No matter the type of organization, or whether you need to comply with FACTA, HIPAA or Gramm-Leach-Bliley regulations, MicroShred is your answer for confidential shredding services.
Paper Shredding Regulations
- The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
- The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA)
MicroShred offers many secure shredding solutions for every confidentiality need:
On-Site Scheduled Routes – Daily, weekly, monthly and semi-monthly scheduled route services are available. With this program, several sizes of stylish and office-friendly bins are provided at no charge to easily store, lock and secure all sensitive materials designated for shredding.
Off-Site Document Destruction – While our core business is mobile/on-site document destruction, we will provide off-site shredding services at no extra charge when a client requests it. MicroShred’s customer service representatives will come to your location, collect the material designated for destruction and safely transport it to our facility to be destroyed immediately upon arrival.
Occasional Purge Program – For those requiring annual, one-time or occasional shredding service, we offer a specially priced purge program.
Excess or Rejected Inventory – Protect your company from possible ID theft by destroying inventory that is overstocked, damaged or outdated. Products such as CDs, DVDs, magnetic tapes/discs, audio/video tapes, films/microfiche, plastic ID cards, x-rays, uniforms, labels, pill bottles and any other medical or commercial products of plastics and light metals can be easily destroyed by our trucks.
Computer Hard Drive Destruction & Disposal – MicroShred’s shredding trucks are equipped with two independent powerful shredders, one for paper shredding and the other designed to destroy computer hard drives and related media. The shreds are kept uncontaminated by one another in separate compartments for recycling purposes. This allows both paper and hard drives to be shredded on the same service stop.
Financial Record Destruction – MicroShred can handle all your financial record shredding needs. Utilizing truck-mounted powerful industrial shredders, we provide a secure, convenient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly method to dispose of highly confidential documents. Our mobile units come to you and shred all sensitive material at your location, under your supervision.
Medical Record Destruction – Did you know that medical records are one of the primary targets for identity thieves? Thieves can steal your identity to get health services or insurance under your name. And just like your credit history, it’s important to keep track of your medical records, shredding any copies of them the second you’re done.
Legal Document Destruction – It’s a well established fact that attorneys who deal with their clients’ financial activities fall under the mandated provisions of the Financial Modernization Act of 1999 – better known as the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act, or GLB. If your practice menu includes real estate closings, financial planning, or estate planning – or if you represent a client in any other financial area – you fall under GLB guidelines.
Posted on May 1st, 2013 No comments
Agents confiscated more than $780,000
A 52-year-old Pompano Beach man was convicted of identity theft and tax refund fraud, U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer announced Thursday.
Nael Dawud Sammour was found guilty of the identity theft charges after a three-day jury trial in Fort Lauderdale federal court. Before the trial, he pleaded guilty to the eight tax refund fraud counts, prosecutors said.
Undercover IRS agents posed as Sammour’s refund check cashers. They seized 75 U.S. Treasury tax refund checks totaling $750,369 and another $30,128 in cash from Sammour during his arrest, according to court records.
Several unknown suspects used stolen identification — including the names, birth dates, and the social security numbers of unsuspecting taxpayers — to fraudulently apply for and receive U.S. tax refunds. Sammour received many of these refund checks and later gave them, along with counterfeit driver’s licenses and Social Security cards, to the undercover IRS agents who were expected to cash them, according to trial evidence and testimony.
Sammour faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the eight tax refund fraud counts, as well as mandatory two year consecutive terms on the aggravated identity theft charges when sentenced July 1, prosecutors said.
Posted on January 2nd, 2013 No comments
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says you may be a victim of medical identity theft if:
- You get a bill for medical services you didn’t receive.
- A debt collector contacts you about medical debt you don’t owe.
- You order a copy of your credit report and see medical collection notices you don’t recognize.
- You try to make a legitimate insurance claim and your health plan says you’ve reached your benefits limit.
- You are denied insurance because your medical records show a condition you don’t have.
What Should I Do?
- Pay close attention to your medical, insurance and financial records in order to spot discrepancies and possible fraud.
- Keep detailed records of all medical services received.
- Request copies, in writing, from each provider including doctors, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories and health plans. Providers should produce your documents within 30 days.
- File a complaint with the FTC at http://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or by phone at 1-877-438-4338.
- File a police report and send copies of the report to your health plan’s fraud department, your health-care providers and the three nationwide credit reporting companies.
- Place a fraud alert with one of the following three nationwide credit reporting companies. The one you call is required to contact the others who will place an alert on their report.
- Learn how to freeze your credit by visiting the County’s Consumer Protection website and click on Consumer Topics – Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft – Freezing Your Credit. Freezing your credit file can prevent thieves from opening new credit accounts under your name.
- Become familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. HIPAA gives consumers the right to copies of their records that are maintained by health plans and medical providers covered by that law. HIPAA provides consumers the right to have errors corrected in their medical and billing records.
Posted on December 17th, 2012 No comments
The arrest of a Florida woman last month and a subsequent investigation by the Winnetka Police Department has linked the crime to a group that law enforcement calls the “Florida Felony Lane Gang.”
Molly E. Meiring, 35, of 5741 N.E. 18th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was arrested by Winnetka police at 3:25 p.m. Nov. 29 while attempting to cash a forged check with a stolen identification at Northern Trust Bank, 62 Green Bay Road.
Meiring was believed to have conducted a similar transaction the previous day at the same bank and Northern Trust employees recognized the suspect and called police. Meiring was still in the bank’s drive thru when police arrived.
“In this case they got greedy and came back the next day,” said Winnetka Police Commander Jim Christensen. “They were successful the previous day.”
An investigation by Winnetka police revealed the crime matched an operation used by a criminal operation known to police as the “Florida Felony Lane Gang.” The group recruits in Florida and operates in places like Chicago’s suburbs.
Leading up to the crime, two different women’s purses were stolen from unattended vehicles parked separately in Northbrook and Evanston. The suspects use the identification, checkbooks and other bank information to write and cash checks against each victim’s accounts.
“(The suspects) use a check and make it payable to another burglary victim of which they have a driver’s license,” Christensen said. “(Meiring) cut her hair short so she can don wigs. Through makeup and other means they try to look like one of the victims.”
Christensen said the group has ring leaders in Florida who recruit individuals, typically women who have fallen on hard times, and travel with them to the Chicago area. Crews already in Chicago break into cars and steal purses looking for identification and check books.
“(The group’s leaders) recruit these people because they are the ones they want to get caught,” Christensen said. “A lot of (the leaders) stay out on the perimeter as lookouts.”
Christensen said residents need to take precaution with their purses and personal identification. Gyms and fitness centers are primary targets of groups like these as people tend to leave their wallets and purses in their cars while working out.
“It’s a sophisticated group of felons out there looking to do more than take the cash out of your wallet,” Christensen said. “They’re looking to drain your bank account and they do it fast. Often times it’s on the same day before victims can notify their financial institution.”
Christensen said the Winnetka Police Department is working with other law enforcement agencies and the crime remains an active investigation.
Posted on December 13th, 2012 No comments
Whether it is down the street, to a new city, or across the country, it is important that you take the necessary steps to minimize the heightened risk you face of identity theft during relocation. It is important to dispose of personal documents you no longer need. For example, documents that should be shredded are any that contain information you do not want others to see, including your address.
One example of documents you should shred includes pre-approved credit card applications. It is better to be safe since there is more of a chance that things can get lost while moving. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that nearly 9 million Americans fall victim to identity theft annually. MicroShred is the top paper shredding company in Florida, so no shredding job is too big or too small. What matters to MicroShred the most is your personal security.
For your convenience, MicroShred provides on-site shredding services, so you will not have to travel with all your important personal documents you no longer need. By taking the necessary action to shred sensitive documents, you will decrease the chances of leaving personal information behind for other people to get a hold of.
There are numerous reasons to trust MicroShred. Everything about MicroShred is professional – from their customer service representatives, to the highly trained employees in the field. MicroShred is reliable and offers high security services. They are an AAA certified member of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) and an A rating member of the Better Business Bureau. Finally, MicroShred’s services are all environmentally friendly. Once the shredding services are finished, all shredded materials are recycled.
Moving is stressful enough. Let MicroShred help protect you against identity theft and leave nothing behind.
Posted on September 17th, 2008 1 comment
Common sense dictates that payroll information and materials that involve labor relations or legal affairs, should not be entrusted to lower level employees for destruction. But, beyond that, competition sensitive information is best protected from them as well. It has been established, time and again, that employees are the most likely to realize the value of certain information to competitors. And, lower wage employees often have the economic incentive to capitalize on their access to it. The only acceptable alternatives are to have the materials destroyed under the supervision of upper management or by a carefully selected, high security service.
Posted on September 9th, 2008 No comments
Without a program to control it, the daily trash of every business contains information that could be harmful. This information is especially useful to competitors because it contains the details of current activities. Discarded daily records include phone messages, memos, misprinted forms, drafts of bids and drafts of correspondence.
All businesses suffer potential exposure due to the need to discard these incidental business records. The only means of minimizing this exposure is to make sure such information is securely collected and destroyed.