Shredding Credit Card Offers Could Save Your Identity
You get them in the mail, daily. Offers to open a new credit card with some sort of amazing deal attached. But what do you do with the gobs of credit card offers that you receive each and every time you open your mailbox?
With the abundance of credit card offers the average American receives regularly, it’s not secret that if they get into the wrong hands, your identity could be compromised. Identity thieves can easily use the information provided in the offer and open a credit card account under your name.
Proper shredding of these documents could make such mishap easily avoidable. In addition to credit card offers, any records that include social security numbers, sensitive account information, PIN numbers, passwords, and even signatures could put you at risk.
At Mobile Record Shredders we know the risks. Your confidentiality is the most important concern we have. We have a system in place to help you privately and securely dispose of these documents. Contact us today for more information about how we can help keep you safe and your documents secure.
What is identity theft and How does it happen to you?
Let’s break this down as simple as possible. Your identity is one of your most valuable possessions. It’s absolutely essential to protect yourself, your employees, and your loved ones and keep your (and their) identity yours (or theirs).
Any documents containing confidential information, such as your social security number, bank account numbers, even your birthday are documents that should be properly destroyed if not using or safe from harms way. Those are just a few examples, but basically any documents containing confidential information can be used by identity thieves to commit fraud.
There are many types of identity theft security and monitoring systems, but some of the easiest measures you can take to protect yourself include proper document disposal. Thieves are constantly coming up with new ways to steal your identity. A common practice, as simple as it sounds, it dumpster diving. Once your trash hits the curb it’s fair game for anyone to rummage through. Additional ways of getting your personal information include:
· Mailbox raiding
· Medical Benefits fraud
· Phishing and spywear
· Social Networking websites
· Child and Senior identity theft
· And many more
Stay out of harms way and shed confidential documents. Also ensure any hard drives on old computers or phones are completely erased before disposing of (see our partnership with Blue Star Recyclers here). Take precautions and help keep yourself safe.