Monday, October 25, 2021

ben wheeler
 

Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas (BBB) will be hosting three “Secure Your ID” shredding events in October, to help consumers and businesses securely destroy documents and help prevent identity theft.

The services are provided FREE and attendees are encouraged to bring paper documents that contain personal and/or financial information to be destroyed. 

Locations, times, and dates are as follows:

Jacksonville: Saturday, October 9, 9:00 AM – Noon 
UT Health Olympic Center – 414 S. Main St.

Lindale: Wednesday, October 13, 9:00 AM – Noon
Lindale Chamber of Commerce – 205 S. Main

Longview: Saturday, October 16. 9:00 AM – Noon
Drug Emporium – 2321 W Loop 281

NO BOXES WILL BE TAKEN. PLEASE BRING YOUR DOCUMENTS IN A PLASTIC BIN, PLASTIC BAG, OR IN A BOX YOU CAN KEEP.

“We want to give businesses and the community the opportunity to safely discard any documents which contain personal information,” said Coleman Swierc, Communications Manager for BBB serving Central East Texas. “This is a quick and easy way to help ensure your information is not compromised, and we are so happy to offer the services to consumers and businesses across East Texas.”

BBB held their annual “Secure Your ID” day in June at the Tyler offices, which totaled more than 33,000 pounds of documents being securely destroyed. 

Shredder trucks and volunteers will be on hand to assist participants and hand out information on identity theft protection. Volunteers will be using recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). All attendees must remain in their vehicles during the event.

BBB has partnered with Ark-La-Tex Shredding, Shred-It, Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, The Lindale Chamber of Commerce, and Kelly Community Federal Credit Union to bring these events to the public, FREE of charge. 

BBB Serving Central East Texas is part of an expansive network of BBBs across North America that collaborate to produce Secure Your ID Day events. The program is BBB-branded identity theft, fraud prevention, and educational initiative that features on-site document destruction and distribution of identity protection tips and resources to local communities. 

For more information about the events, contact BBB at 903-581-5704 or by going to bbb.org.

ABOUT BBB®: For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as home to its national and international programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation. BBB serving Central East Texas opened its Tyler office in 1985 and serves 19 counties in East Texas. 

BBBs are private, self-regulatory agencies that seek the voluntary cooperation of businesses.  When illegal practices are uncovered and the business refuses to cooperate with the BBB, the matter is referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency.  Also, BBBs have close working relationships with governmental agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission, consumer protection agencies, and the State Attorneys General.