Contact: Jamie Harding
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2014
AARP Alabama partners with WBRC Fox 6 and Watchdog Document Services on August 12 for a Tuscaloosa Shred-A-Thon to fight ID Theft
Non-perishable food donations to be collected for West Alabama Food Bank
Tuscaloosa, AL – AARP Alabama, WBRC Fox 6 and Watchdog Document Services will be staging a free community Shred-A-Thon on Tuesday, August 12 from 7 AM to 2 PM at 900 Skyland Boulevard, in the old Books-a-Million parking lot.
Tuscaloosa-area residents are invited to bring 2 to 3 bags or file boxes of paper materials to be shredded. It’s important to note that 3-ring binders, spiral binders, and plastic, metal or household trash will NOT be accepted for shredding.
Shredding personal documents, including old bank statements, canceled checks, credit card offers, and any documents containing account numbers and Social Security numbers, is highly recommended to help protect against identity theft.
“AARP has launched the Fraud Watch Network, a national campaign to fight fraud and ID theft and give consumers access to information about how to protect themselves and their families, “said AARP Alabama Interim State Director Candace Williams. “AARP Alabama is excited to be working with WBRC Fox 6 and Watchdog Document Services on this Shred-A-Thon, and to raise awareness of the dangers of identity theft, fraud and scams right here in Tuscaloosa. Working together, we can fight back against these crimes.”
While the Shred-A-Thon is free to the community, a non-perishable food donation to the West Alabama Food Bank is being encouraged. Volunteers from the food bank will be at the Shred-A-Thon accepting those donations.
For more information on AARP’s Fraud Watch Network, a free service available to people of all ages, please go to www.aarp.org/FraudWatchNetwork.
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