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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Raquel Guillory, 410-576-6357
rguillory@oag.state.md.us

Attorney General Gansler Partners with
Incred-A-Shred and Junior Achievement to Help
Fight Identity Theft

BALTIMORE, MD ( April 7, 2011) - Attorney General Douglas F.  Gansler will join Incred-A-Shred, a Maryland-based document and digital data shredder, and Junior Achievement, a Maryland-based nonprofit, to host a free shredding event to help prevent identity theft.  The event will be held on April 9th from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore City.  (click for flyer)

“Statistically, identity theft occurs nearly every three seconds in this country,” said Attorney General Gansler.  “These crimes cost Maryland citizens and businesses millions of dollars each year.  To decrease the chances of becoming a victim, it is important for Maryland consumers to take the necessary steps to protect their personal information.” 

“Dumpster diving,” or rifling through trash cans and recycling bins is still one of the most common tactics used by identity thieves.  When sensitive personal information is dumped in the trash, the document is not safe unless it is shredded to an unreadable state.  To help prevent identity theft during spring cleaning, tax time or any time:

  • Safely shred sensitive documents to help prevent identity thieves from obtaining personal information;
  • Documents that need to be destroyed include those that contain your personal information – utility bills, benefits explanations from your health insurer, bank & credit card statements and anything that contains your name, address, Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers, passwords or PINs;
  • Destroy information that could be used to steal access your savings, checking or retirement funds.

Incred-A-Shred's massive and secure shredding trucks will be on-hand to destroy anything that could present an opportunity for identity thieves.  No data recovery software in the world will be able to retrieve the confidential data shredded during this event.

“Our mission each and every day is to protect businesses, governmental agencies, and consumers from their risk of identity theft,” says Jeff Rupp, President and CEO of Incred-A-Shred.  “We pledge to donate all proceeds from the event to Junior Achievement whose mission it is to foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills for young people.”

“The event marks the local kickoff of Junior Achievement's National Financial Literacy Month activities and highlights the importance of developing effective money-management skills,” said Kim Denis, Junior Achievement of Central Maryland's Vice President of Operations and Special Events.  “Junior Achievement's goal is to empower young people to own their economic success.”

Attorney General Gansler and representatives from the Office of Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division will be at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, 1400 West Cold Spring Lane, on Saturday April 9th.  The event will run from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and the public is encouraged to bring paper documents, old hard drives, data disks, outdated cell phones and any other digital application that stores data so it can be destroyed by Incred-A-Shred's shred trucks..

For tips on preventing identity theft, visit the Attorney General's website at www.oag.state.md.us/idtheft or e-mail the Identity Theft Unit at idtheft@oag.state.md.us.
   

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