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Protect Your Identity

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Whether it’s on paper, online, on your computer, or on your mobile phone, your personal information is out there, and scammers are searching for it.

Identity theft has become a growing problem. For the 14th straight year identity theft has topped the list of complaints reported to the Federal Trade Commission in 2013. The FTC says the highest age group who reported identity theft was 20-29 year olds.

So what can you do to better protect yourself? The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) and AARP North Dakota are trying to help you secure your identity.

The two are holding a free shredding event Saturday April 26th in Bismarck, Fargo and Jamestown. The event runs from 8am-1pm, and people are encouraged to shred any documents with sensitive information on them.

"A lot of people think scammers aren't going to dive through the dumpsters to get documents, or personally identifying information, but the fact is they do, they do it all the time.” Says Dan Hendrickson with the BBB MN & ND. “This is a growing problem that's not going away, so the more a person does to protect their identity the better off they are going to be."

The event in Bismarck is at Wells Fargo at 1050 E Interstate Ave. In Fargo it is held at Wells Fargo, 2501 13th Ave S. In Jamestown the event will be at First community Credit Union, 111 9th Street SW.

MinnKota EnviroServices Inc. has been recycling personal information for companies and residents for 14 years now. Mary Aldrich the Sales Manager from MinnKota says in 2013 they shredded 3 million pounds of paper. Computer and laptop hard drives can also be brought to MinnKota where they are properly destroyed so no information can be taken from the old drives. It costs $5 to destroy a hard drive.

To find the nearest MinnKota and for more information on prices visit their web site by clicking here.

For more information from the FTC on how you can protect your identity click here.
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