Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. And it’s not hard to imagine, given all the data breaches in the news lately. Combating fraud and identity theft is a priority for AARP New York and that is why we are launching Operation: Stop Scams.

“Identity theft is one of the most prevalent types of fraud encountered by people age 50 and over,” said Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP New York.  “By doing something as simple as shredding their documents, New Yorkers can safeguard their identity along with their hard earned credit rating and retirement savings from unscrupulous thieves.

To avoid having your sensitive information compromised, security experts recommend shredding of 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.

Operation Stop Scams events are being held across New York State, find one near you below. And for those consumers who use a home shredder, experts also recommend the 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 into impossible-to-reassemble debris.

Join us for us a free shredding event. Each person can bring up to three grocery bags of personal documents. Residential documents only. Trucks will stay on site for the time scheduled or until the truck fills up.

New York City:

Upcoming Events:

  1. Brooklyn: October 20, 2018, 10am-2pm (*Or until shredding truck reaches capacity), Brownsville Recreation Center, 1555 Linden Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11212

Past Events:

  1. Flushing: April 19, 9am-12pm, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing, New York 11354
  2. Staten Island: April 19, 2018, 11:00am-2:00pm, HKC Campgrounds, 1131 Manor Road, Staten Island, New York 10314
  3. Bronx: April 21, 2018, 12pm-3pm, Eastchester Church of God, 3020 Eastchester Road, Bronx, New York 10469 (Join us from noon to 1 p.m. for the opportunity to meet New York Yankees alumnus Bernie Williams!)
  4. Brooklyn: April 25, 2018, 2pm-5pm,  Glory of God Christian Center, 5910 Foster Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11234
  5. Manhattan (Harlem): April 28, 2018, 9am-12pm, Esplanade Gardens, 2569 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. New York, New York 10039
  6. Manhattan (Chelsea): June 5, 1pm–7pm (*or until shredding truck reaches capacity), Penn South Cooperative West 26th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues
  7. Staten Island: July 14, 2018, 10am-2pm (*Or until shredding truck reaches capacity), Knights of Columbus, 397 Clarke Avenue Staten Island, New York 10306
  8. Manhattan (Harlem): July 14, 2018, 10am-2pm (*Or until shredding truck reaches capacity), 334 East 108th Street New York, New York 10029
  9. Bronx: July 14, 2018, 12pm-3pm (*Or until shredding truck reaches capacity), Church of God, 3020 Eastchester Road Bronx, New York 10469
  10. Queens: July 18, 2018, 10am-1pm (*Or until shredding truck reaches capacity), 6110 Queens Boulevard (Parking Lot Behind Shopping Center) Woodside, New York 11377
  11. Brooklyn: July 28, 2018, 10am-2pm(Or until shredding truck reaches capacity), 3023 Avenue X (Between Batchelder Street and Coyle Street) Brooklyn, New York 11235
  12. Manhattan: July 29, 2018, 10am-2pm (*Or until shredding truck reaches capacity), 230 West 72nd Street New York, New York 10023
  13. Bronx: August 10, 2018, 11am-2pm (*Or until shredding truck reaches capacity), P.S. 93, 1535 Story Avenue (Between Boynton & Story Avenues) Bronx, New York 10473
  14. Brooklyn: August 11, 2018, 10am-2pm (*Or until shredding truck reaches capacity), 1580 Bedford Avenue (Cr. Montgomery Street and Bedford Avenue) Brooklyn, New York 11225
  15. Bronx: August 18, 2018, 10am-2pm (*Or until shredding truck reaches capacity), 120 Erskine Place Co-op City, Section 5 Bronx, New York 10475
  16. Bronx: September 5, 2018, 10am-2pm (*Or until shredding truck reaches capacity), 1450 East Avenue (In front of Marshalls) Parkchester Bronx, New York 10462
  17. Queens: September 14, 2018, 10am-1pm (*Or until shredding truck reaches capacity), 165-02 Baisley Boulevard, Mall #1 – Opposite Rite Aid (Guy R. Brewer and Baisley Boulevards) Jamaica, New York 11434
  18. Bronx: September 16, 2018, 10am-2pm (*Or until shredding truck reaches capacity), 3107 Kingsbridge Avenue (In front of parking lot) Bronx, New York 10463

Upstate:

Past Events:

  1. Albany: April 17, 2018, 10am-1pm, Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center, 340 Whitehall Rd., Albany, New York 12208
  2. Orchard Park: April 19, 2018, 9am-12pm, Chestnut Ridge County Park, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Orchard Park, New York 14127
  3. Syracuse: April 20, 2018, 9am-12pm, Destiny USA Mall, 9090 Destiny USA Dr. Syracuse, NY 13204
  4. Kingston: April 21, 2018, 10:00am-4:00pm Forsyth Park 157 Lucas Ave. Kingston, NY 12401
  5. Rochester: April 26, 2018, 9am-12pm, Panorama Plaza, 1601 Penfield Rd., Rochester, NY 14625
  6. Ravena: June 16, 2018, 10am-1pm, Village of Ravena Municipal Building 15 Mountain Road, Ravena, NY  12143

Long Island:

Past Events:

  1. Deer Park: April 22, 2018, 10am-12pm, Deer Park Library 44 Lake Avenue, Deer Park, NY  11729
  2. Garden City: April 22, 2018, 2pm-4pm, Garden City Library 60 7th Street, Garden City, NY  11530
  3. Freeport: April 24, 2018, 10am-1pm, Freeport Recreation Center 130 East Merrick Road, Freeport, NY 11520
  4. Brentwood: April 29, 2018, 12:30pm-3:30pm, Brentwood Public Library 34 Second Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11717
  5. New Hyde Park: May 5, 2018, 10am, Parking lot of Clinton G Martin Park 1650 Marcus Avenue, New Hyde Park
  6. Huntington Station: May 6, 2018, 2pm-4pm, South Huntington Public Library 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746
  7. Oyster Bay: June 3, 2018, 1pm-3pm, Oyster Bay – East Norwich Public Library 89 E Main St, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
  8. Nesconset: June 9, 2018, 10am-12pm, 127 12 Smithtown Blvd. Nesconset, NY 11767
  9. Long Beach: June 10, 2018, 11am-1pm, Lido Middle School 239 Lido Blvd, Long Beach, NY 11561

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.