AARP NY is sponsoring free shred events as part of “Operation: Stop Scams,” a series of free shredding events around the state, from Upstate to Long Island. From April to June, we are helping people fight back against fraud and help protect them from identity theft by shredding truckloads of sensitive personal documents.
Local officials will join AARP staff and volunteers at several events to help warn consumers about the growing problem of identity theft and provide important tips on how to protect themselves. Individuals may bring up to three grocery bags of paper documents for shredding. Metal, plastic and other materials may damage shredders and will not be accepted. Shredding trucks will stay on site for the time scheduled or until they reach capacity. Third parties are performing all shredding services. Documents and information provided for shredding are subject to those parties’ privacy and informational security policies.
Join us on the following dates/times:
New York City:
- Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 11:00AM - 2:00PM: PS 93 - 1535 Story Avenue, Bronx, NY
- Friday, April 17, 2020 | 12:00PM - 4:00PM: Manhattan Plaza - West 43rd Street (btw 9th & 10th Avenues), New York, NY
- Friday, April 17, 2020 | 12:00PM - 3:00PM: Bill Rainey Park - Dawson Street/Rogers Place, Bronx, NY
- Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 10:00AM- 2:00PM: Sears Parking Lot - 2307 Beverly Road (entrance @Beverly between Bedford & East 22 Street), Brooklyn, NY
- Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 11:00AM - 2:00PM: White Plains YMCA - 250 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY
- Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 10:00AM - 2:00PM: Little Rock Baptist Church - 375 Bristol Street, Brooklyn, NY
- Friday, April 24, 2020 | 9:00AM - 1:00PM: Knights of Columbus - 397 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island, NY
- Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 9:00AM - 1:00PM: Esplanade Gardens - 2569 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (btw 148th & 149th Streets), Harlem, NY
- Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 10:00AM- 2:00PM: Kennedy Center - 34 West 134th Street, Harlem, NY
- Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 10:00AM - 2:00PM: Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Center - 22001 Linden Blvd, Cambria Heights, NY 11411
- Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 10:00AM - 2:00PM: Erskine Place Ballfield/Co-Op City - 120 Erskine Place, Bronx, NY
- Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 10:00AM - 2:00PM: Mount Sion Baptist Church - 365 Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
- Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 10:00AM - 2:00PM: New Mount Zion Baptist Church - 171 West 140th Street, Harlem, NY
- Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 11:00AM - 2:00PM: Bowne Park - 156 St & 32nd Ave, Flushing, NY
- Saturday, June 6, 2020 | 10:00AM - 2:00PM: Parking Lot - 1222 East 96th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Upstate New York:
- Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 10:00AM - 1:00PM: Macedonia Baptist Church - 26 Wilson Ave, Albany, NY
- Friday, May 1, 2020 | 9:00AM - 12:00PM: St. Martin of Tours - 1140 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY
- Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 10:00AM - 1:00PM: New Paltz Community Center - 3 Veterans Dr, New Paltz, NY
- Monday, May 4, 2020 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM: Marketplace Mall - 1 Miracle Mile Drive, Rochester, NY
- Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 9:00AM - 11:00AM: Onondaga Lake County Park - 6770 Onondaga Lake Pkwy, Liverpool, NY
- Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM: Freeport Recreation Center - 130 East Merrick Road, Freeport,NY
- Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM: Clinton G Park - 1601 Marcus Ave, New Hyde Park, NY
- Sunday, May 3, 2020 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM: Brentwood Library - 34 Second Ave, Brentwood, NY
- Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM: Farmingdale Library - 116 Merritts Road, Farmingdale, NY
- Sunday, May 17, 2020 | 1:30PM - 3:30PM: South Huntington Library - 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd., South Huntington, NY
- Saturday, June 6, 2020 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM: Patchogue-Medford Library - 54-60 E Main Street, Patchogue, NY
Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen, and 16.7 million Americans were victimized by identity fraud last year. Overall fraud incidence climbed eight percent. A whopping 90 percent of New York Generation Xers and Baby Boomers called the prevalence of fraud, including identity theft, a “significant problem” for New Yorkers – with 63 percent saying it’s a “very significant problem,” according to a 2016 AARP NY/Siena College survey.
For New Yorkers who cannot attend an Operation: Stop Scams event, security experts urge consumers to shred the following types of materials to avoid having sensitive information compromised:
- Old documents: Papers that carry your Social Security number, birth date, signature, account numbers, passwords or PIN numbers.
- Banking: Canceled or unused checks. Shred deposit slips and ATM and credit card receipts, once you receive your monthly statements.
- Credit Cards: Preapproved credit card applications and incentive/gift checks from credit card companies.
- Medical: unneeded medical bills.
- Investments: Investment account statements.
- Obsolete ID cards: Expired driver’s licenses, medical insurance cards and passports.
The AARP Fraud Watch Network was launched in 2013 as a free resource for people of all ages. The website provides information about fraud and scams, prevention tips from experts, an interactive scam-tracking map, fun educational quizzes, and video presentations featuring Frank Abagnale. Users may sign up for “Watchdog Alert” emails that deliver breaking scam information, or call a free helpline at 877-908-3360 to speak with volunteers trained in fraud counseling.
Shredding services will be performed by a third party. All documents and information provided for shredding are subject to that party’s privacy and informational security policies.
More information on how to keep safe from identity theft fraud, and alerts regarding other types of scams, is available from the Fraud Watch Network.