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Counseling service offers free shredding Oct. 20

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If you throw away documents with personal information on them, those papers could be stolen and eventually, so can your identity.

That’s why identity theft experts suggest that consumers shred papers with sensitive information, such as bank account numbers or Social Security numbers. But not everyone has a shredder.

For those without one, the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Maryland and Delaware is holding a free “shred-it” event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20th, at Towson University’s No. 11 parking lot. That’s above the University Union Parking Garage off Osler Drive.

You can bring up to two big bags or boxes of documents for shredding. The group will also wipe personal information off old cell phones and recycle them for you for free.

Lori Jankalski, executive vice president of the nonprofit, warned in a press release:

“Undocumented aliens who cannot get their own social security numbers or drivers’ licenses may use your social security number or personal information to obtain work or receive medical benefits. ID thieves may also use your ID to apply for credit cards and then max them out with unauthorized purchases. Unfortunately, consumers often don’t find out that their IDs have been stolen until months later, when they’re contacted by creditors or the law.”

 

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