How to Protect Your Identity From Dumpster Divers

Identity TheftIdentity theft is something that we are constantly trying to protect ourselves from. However, one of the most overlooked causes of identity theft is dumpster diving. Oftentimes, documents containing personal identifiable information are thrown out when they really should be shredded.

Here is a list of documents that contain valuable PII that should always be shredded:

  • Shred any document that contains your Social Security number or driver’s license number.
  • Shred old bank statements and anything that features your bank account information.
  • If you need to get rid of an old credit card or debit card, make sure you cut it up into pieces first so it can’t be forged.
  • Be careful about carelessly discarding unwanted junk mail. Some junk mail, such as pre-approved credit card offers, may allow an identity thief to open an unauthorized account under your name. Make sure you shred any junk mail that discloses your identifying information.
  • Shred old credit card statements and utility bills.
  • Do not throw away employment documents and/or tax forms. If you need to get rid of these documents, make sure you shred them first.
  • Shred old prescriptions, health insurance forms and medical records.
  • Be wary of any letter that asks you to reply with personal information, as it could be part of a mail scam. Avoid sending anything through the mail that contains sensitive information; it could fall into the wrong hands or end up in the trash, vulnerable to dumpster diving.
  • Avoid revealing your personal information whenever possible. Provide identifying documents or information to a store, business, hospital or other institution only when it is absolutely necessary.

When in Doubt, Shred It!

If you are looking for a shredding company to help safeguard your personal information, Shred Nations can help!  We will make sure you always receive a certificate of destruction in order to meet all of your security needs.

To get started, fill out the form to the right, or give us a call at (800) 747-3365.  Within minutes, you will receive free quotes from contractors in your area that can help with your project.

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