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See where that shredded paper ends up

Cleveland area residents took steps to protect themselves from ID theft when they dropped off 4.5 tons of household documents that contained sensitive information for shredding and recycling at the community shredathon that AARP Ohio co-sponsored on the west campus of Cuyahoga Community College in Parma.

AARP Ohio volunteers also worked alongside Shredathon co-sponsors Tri-C Campus Police Department and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department to collect more than 3,000 pounds of electronics for recycling from 266 cars delivering materials. Area residents also dropped off more 150 pounds of old medications for safe disposal.

All participants received AARP Fraud Watch Network materials – including the Watchdog Alert Handbook -- that explain how to beat con artists at their own game. You can join AARP in fighting fraud by sharing what you know and getting scam alerts. Visit AARP Fraud Watch Network for details about signing up for watchdog alerts.

Watch this 75-second video from the Parma event to learn more about what happens to the tons of paper shredded at this event.

Next up is the shredathon for Cincinnati residents on Saturday, May 23, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. on the Blue Ash campus of the University of Cincinnati, at 9555 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236. This event is free open to all area residents, regardless of age, who want to bring bags or boxes of sensitive documents -- such as tax returns, bank statements, credit card receipts, etc. -- to have shredded and recycled.

AARP is working with the Hamilton County Coalition to Stop Scams, Fraud & Abuse, and the Cincinnati Better Business Bureau, to shred documents and destroy electronic devices (such as cell phones, hard drives, tablets, etc.) that contain personal information.

We look forward to seeing you in Blue Ash!

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