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Confidential Document Shredding Service During Fraud Prevention Week

Shred-It UK : 18 October, 2011  (Company News)
Shred-IT is supporting the UK's National Identity Fraud Prevention week by offering disposal services to the public for confidential or sensitive documents
Confidential Document Shredding Service During Fraud Prevention Week
In support of the 7th National Identity Fraud Prevention Week 2011, UK on site data destruction company, Shred-it, invites the public to utilise its 16 regional branches from Monday 17 to Friday 21 October 2011 to dispose of their confidential documents.

Individuals will be able to bring in an unlimited number of personal confidential documents containing sensitive information to be professionally and securely cross-shredded by Shred-it’s industrial grade shredding machines.

Robert Guice, Executive Vice President EMEA said: “Identity theft can cause a great deal of distress for victims, who must then spend a great deal of time and effort unravelling the fraud. According to the National Fraud Authority, almost two million people become victims of identify fraud every year, with criminals gaining an average of £1,000 for every identify they steal, but there are a number of steps people can take that will help to combat fraudsters.”

“The best way of preventing your identity being stolen is to destroy any document or electronic storage method where unwanted personal information is kept.  Shred-it is proud to support National Identity Fraud Prevention Week 2011 and we are looking forward to inviting the public so we can play our part in cracking down on ID fraud”.  

A common problem is that confidential documents are often left in non secure locations such as recycling bins or waste paper baskets as most people have begun to get into the habit of recycling.  However, this has always presented a risk as these documents could potentially be picked up by anyone at anytime, including being stolen whilst awaiting collection.  Leaving documents in this way can leave individuals and businesses at risk of security breaches, identity theft and fraud.

Identity thieves often try to obtain genuine documents like birth certificates, passports and driving licences but also hunt for utility bills, online passwords, account numbers and personal information many people post on social networking sites.

The best safeguard against personal identity theft is therefore to regularly destroy confidential personal and business documents securely before recycling them.  Using Shred-it’s facilities will allow the public to take the necessary steps to protect themselves by allowing them to destroy documents that they no longer need.
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