STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. –– Avoiding suspicious phone calls and emails is imperative for preventing identity fraud, but don’t forget to shred your sensitive documents too, says District Attorney Michael E. McMahon.
If you don’t have a shredder, McMahon has a solution for you. This Saturday, from 12-3 p.m., he will be hosting a secure shredding event in the parking lot of Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, West Brighton.
“Unfortunately, one of the most common crimes impacting Staten Islanders is identity theft, typically as a result of a phone or internet scam. These scammers are savvy, and are very difficult to catch,” said McMahon.
“The best way to keep your personal information and hard-earned money safe is by avoiding these scammers altogether. So while hanging up the phone if you don’t trust the caller, avoiding clicking on suspicious emails and ads, and protecting your usernames and passwords are all good tips, shredding your sensitive documents is critically important,” McMahon continued.
Attendees can bring up to three boxes or bags of documents and walk away knowing that they’re protecting their personal information and identity. Sensitive documents include and are not limited to bank and credit card statements, old ID cards, medical records, and old tax returns — anything that has a name, address, Social Security number, birthday, or bank information that thieves can use to steal an identity.
For more information about the event, email [email protected]
Source: on 2021-05-14 12:52:30
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