MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) – Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself, such as destroying your personal or sensitive documents. Six months ago, we partnered with Gilmore for our most successful shredding event yet, when we served over 1,000 cars.
“We are proud to say that we have shredded 32,000 books of personal documents,” said Whitney Lucas, Gilmore’s general manager.
This time we’re heading across the bay to the center of Spanish Fort near Bass Pro Shop to provide you with a safe and easy way to shred your documents and protect yourself against identity theft.
“If you’ve ever talked to anyone who’s experienced it, you know it can be a mess to sort out, so that’s one way to stop it before it starts,” Lucas added. .
Experts recommend shredding documents containing sensitive information such as old tax returns from more than five years ago, old bank statements, car insurance documents, and anything that contains your date of birth, your address or your social security number.
“Old receipts that may contain the last four numbers of your credit card are a good thing to get rid of,” Lucas added. “One thing that a lot of people miss is those EOBs, those benefit explanations with your health insurance information.”
We will be set up in the parking lot near the Bass Pro Shop on Saturday morning. Volunteers will be there to unload your car for you. We ask that you bring only two bags.
“Everyone is welcome to bring 50 books to shred, you don’t need to remove staples, you don’t need to remove paper clips,” Lucas said.
You will need to remove the large binder clips and any three-ring binders.
From there, the paper is transported to one of four trucks to be shredded on site. Even after being shredded, it will be put to good use.
“We bring it back here to our facility where we’ll ship it to a recycler and so we’re not only working to protect your identity, but we’re also working to protect the environment,” Lucas said.
Remember that these are personal documents only. No businesses.
Again, the shred event is this Saturday morning from 7-11am near the parking lot near Bass Pro Shop in Spanish Fort.
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