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  • New app protects against ID theft, fraud.

    Posted on July 16th, 2012 admin No comments

    If you live in Florida, the odds are you will come across way more identity thieves and fraudsters than hurricanes or alligators. So it may be worth adding the new app called Scam Detector onto your iPhone or Android device.

    The app is free, so you’ve go nothing to lose checking it out. And in Florida, you have plenty to lose when it comes to bad guys wanting to steal your identity or cash.

    Florida is among the worst in the nation for these types of crimes. It ranks first per capita in identity theft complaints nationwide, with more than 178 complaints per 100,000 residents; and ranks sixth in fraud complaints, with about 515 complaints per 100,000 residents, according to the Consumer Sentinel Network, which compiles data on consumer complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission and state agencies, such as the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services.

    Scam Detector is designed to prevent you from becoming such a statistic by keeping you informed of the latest schemes out there.

    The app’s menu offers five categories to research: Auto, Face to Face, Internet, Telephone and Travel scams. Under the latter, I learned about the Beach Massage scheme, in which a woman walks up and offers a massage while you lay on your towel. By the time you open your eyes, there are two women both asking to be paid. And the ol’ Gym Membership scam, in which add-on charges for “insurance” and “maintenance and upkeep” appear on your bill after you sign up, not during the sales pitch.

    If you believe you are a victim of fraud, contact the Florida Attorney General’s Office at 866-966-7226 or go to myfloridalegal.com. You may also contact the FTC at 1-877-ID-THEFT or visit FTC.com.

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  • How long to keep financial records?

    Posted on May 2nd, 2012 admin No comments

    If you’re anything like me, you want to shred bills and documents as soon as you send the check in the mail or pay online.  You don’t want all that extra clutter hanging around.  While that can be good for some items (junk mail, magazines, etc.) it doesn’t always work for financial documents.  If you own a home, have a credit card, are self-employed, have a job, or all of the above, here is some information about how long to keep your financial records.

    Let’s start with home ownership documents.  These include closing statements (your HUD or RESPA, for example).  You’ll want to save that information for at least six years after you purchase the home.  This is important for selling the home (if you do during that time period) because it can affect how much you pay in capital gains tax.  It’s also important to keep any receipts for home improvement projects.  Some could be a tax write-off and others may also affect property taxes and capital gains tax.

    If you use your credit card to purchase items that can be a tax deduction, you’ll want to keep your statements for a good seven years.  Otherwise, you can shred the statement once your receipts match what is listed on the statement for the month.

    In terms of tax paperwork, it’s important to know that the IRS has three years from your filing date to audit your return if it suspects good faith errors.  They have up to six years to challenge a return if they suspect you underreported your gross income by 25% or more.  So you’ll want to keep all your tax returns for at least six years.  You have three years once you file if you find a mistake on it and file an amended return for a refund.

    You can easily get rid of regular bills once you see the check against it has cleared.  You will want to keep any receipts or bills for more expensive purchases, such as jewelry, computers, televisions, etc.  This you’ll want to save for insurance purposes.

    You can get rid of paycheck stubs once you compare it against the W-2 you receive for all your work the previous year.  If everything matches up, toss the original stubs.  If not, you’ll want to request a corrected form from your HR department.

    If you have more specific questions about how long to keep certain financial records, your CPA is the best person to speak to, especially if it’s related to tax information.

    (view original source here)

  • SHRED-A-THON! MAY 20, 2012

    Posted on May 2nd, 2012 admin No comments

  • Florida Business Says Go Green by Changing the Way You Manage Information

    Posted on April 24th, 2012 admin No comments

    Know when to hold ’em, store ’em and throw ’em! MicroShred says it’s time for new “green” initiatives for managing your records. No matter the size or type of your business, chances are you have boxes full of files stored somewhere and most likely, those files are full of confidential information that will need to be disposed of. All too often those old files end up in our already packed landfills, which is bad for the environment and poses a security problem for your business.

    To get a handle on your files in an eco-friendly manner, a shredding plan should be established. Having a workable records management plan that includes document shredding allows businesses to have better information at the right time for better business decisions.

    When information is properly managed, businesses benefit from:

    • Improved efficiency and productivity. Valuable time and resources will no longer be wasted to locate and retrieve paper files or recreate documents that have been misplaced or lost. More time can be spent on revenue generating tasks.
    • Regulatory compliance. Shredding helps businesses comply with records management laws, like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA). These laws require that certain paper waste including medical records, salary details or personal address details, must legally be disposed of. Such records must be kept up to date and shredded at the proper time.
    • Safeguarding vital information. With online access to information you have the advantage of accessing any document, anywhere, at any time, with access limited to specific staff. Critical data will be safe from theft and disasters.

    Establishing “green” records management policies will help improve efficiencies in your office as you help to keep our air clean, reduce paper use and preserve water resources.

    CONTACT US TODAY TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR CONFIDENTIAL SHREDDING SERVICES

  • New Testimonial from the Boca Raton Police Services Department’s Crime Prevention Unit

    Posted on February 16th, 2012 admin No comments

  • Mobile On-Site / Off-Site Document Shredding Company – Coral Springs, Florida

    Posted on July 6th, 2011 admin 1 comment

    MicroShred, LLC is a leader in providing mobile data shredding services in  Coral Springs, FL. From small personal shredding services to large corporate document destruction services, we can come to you at your location, and confidentially destroy all personal / business information under your supervision. Our services include scheduled shredding, annual shredding, off-site document destruction, commercial non-paper shredding, medical record shredding, legal document destruction, and financial paper shredding. Demand for confidential shredding is at an all time high – fear of identity theft and new rules and regulations require businesses to properly dispose of sensitive information. The quickest and best way to maintain your secure identity would be to shred documents promptly and professionally. Protect yourself from risky business in Coral Springs!

    Coral Springs, Florida Secure Shredding Services

    Coral Springs On-Site Scheduled Route Service
    Daily, weekly, monthly, and semimonthly (or, biweekly) scheduled paper and commercial shredding services are available in South Florida. With this program, several sizes of stylish and office friendly data shred bins are provided at no charge to easily  store, lock and secure all sensitive materials designated for shredding.

    Coral Springs Off-Site Data Shredding Service
    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.

    Coral Springs Occasional Purge / Annual Shredding Service
    For those requiring annual, one-time or occasional data shredding services, we offer a specially priced purge program in the South Florida area.

    Coral Springs Excess or Rejected Inventory
    We can protect your South Florida company from possible theft by destroying inventory that is overstocked, damaged or outdated. Products such as uniforms, labels, CD’s, plastic ID cards, etc can be easily destroyed.

    Coral Springs Financial Data Destruction
    MicroShred can handle all your financial record shredding needs in the South Florida area.  Utilizing truck-mounted powerful industrial shredders, we provide a secure, convenient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly method to dispose of highly confidential documents and other materials. Our mobile shredding units come to your South Florida location and shred all sensitive material at your location, under your supervision.

    Coral Springs Medical Record Shredder
    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.

    Coral Springs Legal Document Shredding
    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.

  • Confidential Shredding Special!!!

    Posted on June 3rd, 2011 admin No comments

  • Read Our Newest Testimonial:

    Posted on May 18th, 2011 admin No comments

    April 28, 2011

    Orly Ciechanowiecki
    MicroShred Corporation Inc.
    19593 NE 10th Ave. #4-A
    North Miami, FL 33179

    Dear Ms. Ciechanowiecki,

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the MicroShred Corporation for volunteering your services to partner with us to co-host the Shred-A-Thon at the Boca Town Center Mall on April 23, 2011. Please express our appreciation to your hardworking staff, Kris, James and Rosemary for their contribution to making the event run smoothly.

    Identity theft prevention is at the forefront of our crime prevention initiatives. Impressively, 185 residents took advantage of your service, which resulted in the destruction of over 8 tons of personal documents being destroyed.

    With your partnership, we helped individuals to take a key step in identity theft protection and hopefully, they will educate their family, friends and neighbors to do the same. We are indeed grateful for your support and look forward to partnering with you again in the near future.

  • Join us for a FREE Shredding Event in Sunny Isles Beach

    Posted on April 25th, 2011 admin 1 comment

    Saturday May 14th, 2011
    9am – 12pm

     

    MicroShred, LLC is teaming up with:

    Police Department Crime Prevention
    Residents of City of Aventura and Sunny Isles
    18070 Collins Avenue
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

    If you would like to come, please click “I’m attending” in our Facebook event here:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/MicroShred-LLC/218313934845471?sk=events#!/event.php?eid=202177393156386

    WHY SHRED IT?

    1. Protect Yourself From Identity Theft And Fraud

    Shredding isn’t just an easy way to make unwanted paper take up less space, it’s a big help in protecting yourself from one of today’s most invasive crimes- identity theft. It is one of the fastest growing types of fraud. Identity theft is much more than the misuse of a social security number – it can also include credit card and mail fraud. “Bin raiders” are taking advantage of carelessness and the relaxed “that’ll never happen to me” attitude. It’s as simple as this… Thieves can’t steal what they can’t read!

    2. Keep Your Business Materials Confidential

    When it comes to the confidential matters of your company, you can never be too safe. Every business owner should take every precaution possible to ensure all confidential materials are totally destroyed to minimize the chance of a security breach or corporate espionage.

    3. Help The Environment

    Recycling paper has substantial benefits on our eco-system and it is so easy to do! MicroShred utilizes an environmentally friendly disposal method of highly confidential papers and other materials. You will receive an easy to read invoice and a quarterly statement of how many trees you have saved by participating in our recycling program.

    To better serve our clients and commit to higher standard of trust and ethics, MicroShred is:

    •An “AAA” certified member of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID)

    •An “A” rating member of the Better Business Bureau

  • Shredding Company – West Palm Beach, Florida

    Posted on February 3rd, 2011 admin No comments

    MicroShred, LLC

    Secure Mobile Document Shredding Company
    West Palm Beach, Florida

    MicroShred, South Florida, is a leader in providing mobile data shredding services in West Palm Beach, FL. From small personal shredding services to large corporate document destruction services, we can come to you at your location, and confidentially destroy all personal / business data under your supervision. Our services include scheduled shredding, annual shredding, off-site document destruction, commercial non-paper shredding, medical record shredding, legal document destruction, and financial paper shredding. Demand for confidential shredding is at an all time high – fear of identity theft and new rules and regulations require businesses to properly dispose of sensitive information. The quickest and best way to maintain your secure identity would be to shred documents promptly and professionally. Protect yourself from risky business in West Palm Beach!

    West Palm Beach, Florida Shredding Services

    West Palm Beach On-Site Scheduled Route Service
    Daily, weekly, monthly, and semimonthly (or, biweekly) scheduled paper and commercial shredding services are available in South Florida. With this program, several sizes of stylish and office friendly shred bins are provided at no charge to easily store, lock and secure all sensitive materials designated for shredding.

    West Palm Beach Off-Site Shredding Service
    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.

    West Palm Beach Occasional Purge / Annual Shredding Service
    For those requiring annual, one-time or occasional shredding services, we offer a specially priced purge program in the South Florida area.

    West Palm Beach Excess or Rejected Inventory
    We can protect your South Florida company from possible theft by destroying inventory that is overstocked, damaged or outdated. Products such as uniforms, labels, CD’s, plastic ID cards, etc can be easily destroyed.

    West Palm Beach Financial Record Shredding
    MicroShred can handle all your financial record shredding needs in the South Florida area. Utilizing truck-mounted powerful industrial shredders, we provide a secure, convenient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly method to dispose of highly confidential documents and other materials. Our mobile shredding units come to your South Florida location and shred all sensitive material at your location, under your supervision.

    West Palm Beach Medical Record Shredding
    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.

    West Palm Beach Legal Document Shredding
    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.