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Triangle Residents Recycle Nearly 30,000 Pounds of Materials

Hundreds of Triangle residents participated in the document shredding and electronics recycling event on October 17 held at Coastal Federal Credit Union. More than 20,000 pounds of documents and nearly 9,000 pounds of electronics were collected, securely destroyed and recycled. The free event was put on by the Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina.

“Identity theft remains a pertinent problem today. Events like this one go a long way in keeping an individual’s sensitive information out of the wrong hands,” said Steve Fromme, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina. “BBB is proud to be able to provide consumers the opportunity to shred personal documents and destroy retired electronic devices in a safe and environmentally friendly way.”

Coastal Federal Credit Union served as location sponsors, promoting the importance of identity protection and security in the community. Free document shredding services were provided by PROSHRED® Security and A Shred Ahead®. Local recycler, GEEP, collected all electronics for secure and eco-friendly destruction.

To date, the “Secure Your ID” Day events have safely destroyed more than 390,000 pounds of sensitive documents and nearly 100,000 pounds of electronics. The event is held in the spring and fall each year. For more information, visit bbbshred.org.

The next BBB Secure Your ID Day shredding and electronics recycling event is planned for April 2016. Bookmark bbbshred.org to stay informed of future events.

About BBB serving Eastern North Carolina:
Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation serving 33 counties in eastern North Carolina. The organization is funded primarily by BBB Accredited Business fees from more than 3,500 local businesses and professional firms. BBB promotes integrity, consumer confidence and business ethics through business self-regulation in the local marketplace. Services provided by BBB include reports on companies and charitable organizations, general monitoring of advertising in the marketplace, consumer/business education programs and dispute resolution services. All services are provided at no cost to the public, with the occasional exception of mediation and arbitration. Visit bbb.org.

BBB Event Nearly Doubles in Size from Previous Year

Lafayette Village Collage-01RALEIGH, N.C. (April 27, 2015) — More than 1,500 Triangle residents participated in the Better Business Bureau of Eastern NC’s document shredding and electronics recycling event on April 18 held at Coastal Federal Credit Union and Lafayette Village. This was the largest turnout the semi-annual event has seen. Nearly 53,000 pounds of documents and 26,000 pounds of electronics were collected, securely destroyed and recycled.

“Identity theft remains a pertinent problem today, it is important that individuals understand the risks involved when disposing of documents and electronics,” says Toby Barfield, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina. “Shredding sensitive information and destroying electronic devices that contain personal data is an important first step to combating fraud.”

Coastal Federal Credit Union and Lafayette Village served as location sponsors, promoting the importance of identity protection and security in the community. Free document shredding services were provided by PROSHRED® Security and A Shred Ahead®. Local recycler, GEEP collected all electronics for secure and eco-friendly destruction.

To date, the “Secure Your ID” Day events have safely destroyed more than 370,000 pounds of sensitive documents and nearly 90,000 pounds of electronics. The event is held in the spring and fall each year. For more information, visit bbbshred.org.

About BBB serving Eastern North Carolina:
Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation serving 33 counties in Eastern North Carolina. The organization is funded primarily by BBB Accredited Business fees from more than 3,000 local businesses and professional firms. BBB promotes integrity, consumer confidence and business ethics through business self-regulation in the local marketplace. Services provided by BBB include reports on companies and charitable organizations, general monitoring of advertising in the marketplace, consumer/business education programs and dispute resolution services. All services are provided at no cost to the public, with the occasional exception of mediation and arbitration. Visit bbb.org.

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Secure Your ID: Free Shredding & Electronics Recycling by the BBB

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In the 2013 Identity Fraud Report by Javelin Strategy & Research, it states that the number of identity fraud incidents increased by one million more consumers over the past year. This equates to one incident of identity fraud every three seconds. To hep you protect you identity, BBB will be hosting a Spring “Secure Your ID” Day event on Saturday, April 20, 2013. It will include document shredding, collection of computers and hard-drives for secure destruction, electric/electronics recycling and identity protection tips. The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Coastal Federal Credit Union headquarters at 1000 St. Albans Drive in Raleigh.

“Shredding paper documents is still a top priority to protect an individual’s identity. However, as new technologies continue to emerge and evolve, thieves are not just following a paper trail, but are using old electronics to steal sensitive information from consumers,” says Toby Barfield, president and CEO of BBB serving Eastern North Carolina. “In hosting our ‘Secure Your ID’ Day events, we look to provide Triangle consumers with a safe way to dispose of their sensitive documents and electronics while educating them on ways they can protect themselves from unscrupulous individuals.”

In an experiment conducted by Robert Siciliano, an identity theft expert with McAfee. Siciliano purchased 30 used iPhones, iPods, laptops, desktops, netbooks, notebooks on Craig’s List and was able to retrieve data from more than half, including personal information, banking information and Social Security numbers.

“Secure Your ID” Day is jointly organized by the Council of Better Business Bureaus and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling to raise public awareness and educate Americans on the issues surrounding identity theft. During the event, local partners Costal Federal Credit Union, PROSHRED® SecurityA Shred Ahead® and GEEP will be on hand educating consumers on protecting their identity. Individuals are encouraged to bring up to three boxes or bags of documents that have been removed from binders and up to five electronic devices, such as computers, cell phones, tablets or TVs, as well as printers, fax machines, vacuums, dvd/cd players, microwaves and toasters or similar products.