Combating fraud is a priority for AARP Oklahoma, which represents approximately 400,000 members age 50-plus throughout Oklahoma. In a 2015 report, AARP found the total number of identity thefts, frauds and other consumer complaints in Oklahoma was 24,002. Identity thieves routinely search through dumpsters and trash cans, looking to find confidential information. One way to keep your identity safe is to shred documents containing personal information. This includes bank and credit card statements, tax forms, and medical bills.
AARP is hosting three, free Operation Stop Scams events in Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Tulsa beginning April 21, 2017. AARP’s Operation Stop Scams events will allow consumers to discard their paperwork in a safe and secure manner.
To avoid having your sensitive information compromised, security experts recommend shredding the following types of materials:
- Old documents: Papers that carry your Social Security number, birth date, signature, account numbers, passwords or PINs.
- 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.
Experts recommend that consumers who use a home shredder should use of a micro-cut model. Tests have shown that the scraps of paper from a straight or cross-cut shredder can be reassembled by identity thieves. With a micro-cut shredder, the paper is rendered impossible-to-reassemble debris.
More information on how to keep yourself safe from identity theft fraud, and alerts regarding other types of scams, is available from the Fraud Watch Network.
Join us for us a free shredding event. Individuals who pre-register will be automatically entered to win one of six shredders.
Friday, April 21, 9 AM – 2 PM
Oklahoma Office of Attorney General- 313 NE 21st St, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
To pre-register call 1-877-926-8300 or online at https://aarp.cvent.com/ConsumerProtectionDayOKCOperationStopScams
Saturday, April 22, 9 AM – NOON
News on 6 KOTV - 303 N Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74103
To pre-register call 1-877-926-8300 or online at https://aarp.cvent.com/TulsaOperationStopScams
Thursday, April 27, 10 AM- 1 PM
The Community Market of Pottawatomie County 120 S Center St, Shawnee, OK 74801
To pre-register call 1-877-926-8300 or online at https://aarp.cvent.com/ShawneeOperationStopScams
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.