Biden announces free shredding events


Lowe’s/BJ’s parking lot to host event Saturday

Attorney General Beau Biden announced this week that his Consumer Protection Unit would be sponsoring consumer shredding events statewide this month to help consumers guard against identity theft by disposing of documents containing sensitive identifying information. At each event, free on-site document shredding will be offered and Consumer Protection staff will provide information and answer questions about consumer frauds and scams.

Consumers may bring up to three file-sized boxes of documents, which may contain paper file folders, staples and paperclips; emptied boxes will be returned immediately to consumers.

“Protect yourself from identify theft by bringing documents that contain personal information to us for free on-site shredding,” Biden said. “Safely disposing of sensitive documents, monitoring your financial accounts for unauthorized activity, and limiting information you post online are simple yet important steps all Delawareans can take to help guard themselves against identify theft and fraud.”

Nationally, identify theft is the most common fraud reported to federal consumer agencies, the AG’s Office noted. In 2012, a record 369,000 reports of identity theft were made to the Federal Trade Commission, an increase of 30 percent from the year before. Shredding bank statements, bills and other documents that contain consumers’ information, they said, is an effective measure Delawareans can employ to help prevent ID theft.

The shredding event will take place locally on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Lowe’s/BJ’s parking lot, Peninsula Crossing Shopping Center of Route 113 in Millsboro. Additional events are planned for Sept. 28 in Dover and Oct. 5 in New Castle.

Consumers can learn more about protecting themselves from identity theft by contacting the Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline at 1-800-220-5424 or visiting www.attorneygeneral.delaware.gov.