Shred to stop ID theft

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by BILL MCGINTY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is urging consumers to remember to shred old documents that may contain personal information. Consumers can shred items for free at more than 20 shredding events taking place across the state this spring, including seven planned for this weekend. Cooper says “identity thieves will still go low-tech and dig through dumpsters in search of your personal information.” Cooper added “protect your good name by shredding old documents at one of these free events.” 

The AG’s office says that between now and the end of May,  23 free shredding events are planned across North Carolina, including seven on Saturday, April 20. Shred-a-thons are scheduled for 17 North Carolina cities and towns over the next few weeks, including Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Asheville, Tarboro, Greenville, Jacksonville and Mt. Olive. For dates, times, locations and other details about shred-a-thons, see our events page at www.ncdoj.gov . The Attorney General’s Office is suggesting these tips to avoid ID theft: 

Check your credit reports regularly. You’re entitled to one free credit report every year from each of the three major credit bureaus. To get your free report, go to www.annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228. To track your credit throughout the year, request a free report from a different credit bureau every four months. North Carolina is the first state in the nation to require all credit monitoring services to tell you how to get credit reports for free.
Consider a free security freeze. Guard against ID theft by freezing your credit reports online for free. Seniors and victims of identity theft can also freeze their credit by telephone or mail for free. Placing security freezes on your credit prevents identity thieves from opening new accounts or taking out credit cards and loans in your name. Detailed information about how to place a security freeze is available at www.ncdoj.gov.
Stop pre-approved credit card applications. Call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT or visit www.optoutprescreen.com to stop pre-approved credit card applications that an ID thief could steal and use to get credit in your name.

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