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Community Shred Day event in the Cape, Fort Myers

By Staff | Apr 5, 2016

Are you concerned about identity thieves stealing your personal information in order to use your name and good credit to secure fraudulent loans, receive medical care, or apply for government benefits? One way to avoid becoming a victim of this growing crime is to safely dispose of your personal documents by shredding items that contain your name, address, Social Security number, and other important data.

To help keep your identity safe, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office encourages you to participate in a community wide shred event sponsored by the Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership on Wednesday, April 27. A secure on-site shredding truck will be available at the Big John’s Plaza in Cape Coral from 9 -11a.m., and the Lee County Election Center (across from the Bell Tower) from 12:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m. The event is limited to two boxes per person, and participants are asked to remove all non paper items, such as paperclips, staples, binders, etc. Shredding is provided free; however, donations will be accepted to benefit LEAPP. No commercial shredding please.

If you aren’t sure what to shred, the Sheriff’s Office has listed documents that are “shred worthy:”

* Bank statements, ATM receipts, canceled or voided checks

* Expired driver’s licenses, identification cards, all picture ID’s

* Expired credit cards, credit card bills, carbon copies, summaries and receipts

* Documents containing maiden names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, pin numbers, passwords and investment information.

* Medical and dental records

* Pre-approved credit card applications

* Credit scores, leases, contracts, utility bills and letters containing signatures

* Pay stubs, resumes

* Tax forms

* Report cards

*Travel itineraries, airplane ticket stubs, luggage tags

For additional information, call United Way 211 at (239) 433-3900. If you have questions about Identity Theft, or wish to report a scam or fraud, contact the Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line at 258-3292.

Source: Office of the Lee County Sheriff