Last year alone, 8.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $45 billion, according to a 2008 report from Javelin Strategy and Research. The report notes that the majority of ID theft occurs when the thief has direct contact with the victim’s personal information, through a stolen or lost wallet, rifling through a personal mailbox or trashcan, or even lifting documents from inside a home or business.
Better Business Bureau is hosting its second “Secure Your ID” Day this Saturday in the main parking lot of the LJVM coliseum at the Winston-Salem Entertainment-Sports Complex. Residents and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive documents. BBB staff will be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection. The first BBB “Secure Your ID Day” event earlier this year yielded the largest single-day consumer turnout of this kind in national history, shredding more than 500,000 pounds of sensitive documents in one day – and officials say the event this Saturday promises to be even larger.