How in the heck do they get all this information?!
Your guide to document shredding to keep your personal information safe.
Shredding services are incredibly important to keep our identities safe.
Because 2018 claimed 14.4 million identity theft victims.
And I can attest to this craziness first hand! After having my wallet stollen, I suffered multiple acts of identity theft. This is FREAKY stuff and we must protect ourselves.
So what do we shred? It may seem obvious to shred items containing social security numbers and medical records. But these thieves are skilled and will use any snippet of information to weasel their way into your life. In short, shred any document containing: your name, address, contact information, or other sensitive personal information. Consider these other items, which could easily slip our minds…
1 – Mailed Offers
It’s tempting to throw those obnoxious mailed offers away.
BUT skilled identity thieves could use these offers to start accounts (especially credit cards) in your name.
To avoid having phony accounts, keep all those mailed offers for shredding.
2 – Deposited or Void Checks
Just because it’s void doesn’t mean you’re in the clear!
Routing and account numbers are still up for grabs on those deposited and voided checks.
Tip: Shred or rip up all deposited and voided checks. Go the extra mile and ask your friends to do the same!