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Fargo Groups Hold Shred Event to Prevent Identity Theft

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It's a crime that impacts 15 million Americans every year, making it the most costly and pervasive crime in the U.S. The guys from Record Keepers, LLC and the Village Family Service Center are tackling this issue with their own hands.

Todd Henderson the Vice President of Operations says, "most of what we do is service for businesses but individuals need a good way to protect their information so we do this to raise awareness of the importance of destroying your sensitive information when you no longer need it and the convenience."

Partnering with him is Joshua Huffman, Program Manager of the Village Family Service Center. He says, "a lot of people really don't understand identity theft or understand how it works and unfortunately the thing is for a lot of people they don't learn about it until they become a victim."

And from the steady flow of cars throughout the day, it's something many have on the top of their "to do" lists. The organizations are securely shredding tax returns, personal documents, old bank statements and even computer hard drives. In the age of smart phones and electronics they've become cyber gateways to personal information, but Todd says you can still protect yourself.

"It depends on what you're going to do with that device afterwards. We have equipment we can shred that type of equipment and destroy the information. If it's something that you're going to reuse you should go to the manufacturer's web site because they often times have information on how to wipe the data from the device."

Safeguarding your personal information does not have to be costly. There are free services willing to stop identity theft right before it happens.

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