Best ways to avoid identity fraud

Drivers lined up at the Regional Market on Thursday morning to get rid off all their personal documents.

The AARP offered the free shredding event. Shredding personal documents is one of the simplest ways to protect yourself from identity theft.

The AARP says every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen and disposing of documents with your social security number, bank account information, even your address can make all the difference.

14 other free shredding events will be happening across New York — all part of state’s “operation stop scams” initiative.

Shredding services are being performed by third parties. All documents and information provided for shredding are subject to those parties’ privacy and informational security policies

For those who cannot attend an Operation: Stop Scams event, security experts urge consumers to shred the following types of materials to avoid having sensitive information compromised:

Old documents: Papers that carry your Social Security number, birth date, signature, account numbers, passwords or PIN numbers.
Banking: Canceled or unused checks. Shred deposit slips and ATM and credit card receipts, once you receive your monthly statements.
Credit Cards: Preapproved credit card applications and incentive/gift checks from credit card companies.
Medical: unneeded medical bills.
Investments: Investment account statements.
Obsolete ID cards: Expired driver’s licenses, medical insurance cards and passports.


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