Schnucks Press Releases
Media Contacts :
Lori Willis
Schnuck Markets, Inc
314-994-4602
http://www.schnucks.com
Michelle L. Corey
BBB
314-645-4636
www.stlouisbbb.org
Tracy Hardgrove
BBB
314-645-4636
www.stlouisbbb.org
Date : September 23, 2008

BBB Promotes Illinois SHRED DAY at Edwardsville Schnucks to Help Prevent Identity Theft

            Edwardsville, Ill. Metro-East area residents and businesses will have an opportunity to have their confidential documents shredded free of charge on Saturday, Sept. 27 at SHRED DAY.  Mobile trucks with shredders will be on site at the Edwardsville Schnucks store, 2222 Troy Rd. in Edwardsville, Ill. from 9 a.m. to noon.  Shred-It, a Securit Company, is donating the shredding service.  The public is invited to bring up to three (3) boxes of confidential documents such as check stubs, bank statements and credit card offers, which will be shredded for free.  Information on protection from identity theft will be available at the event.

 

            “Last year, identity theft cost consumers and businesses $1.2 billion, and it can take six months or more for an individual to correct credit records,” said Michelle L. Corey, BBB president.  “Consumers can reduce the risk associated with this fraudulent activity. One important way is to shred personal documents.  Studies show that most thieves obtain personal information through trash cans or unsecured places in the home or office.”

 

            SHRED DAY is being sponsored by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Illinois Attorney General's Office, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Trade Commission.

 

            Consumers who suspect they have been a victim of identity theft can obtain copies of their credit reports by calling 877-322-8228, or by going online to www.annualcreditreport.com.  All individuals are entitled by law to obtain a free copy of their credit report every 12 months from the consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

 

      For more information about the event, contact the BBB at 314-645-0606 or www.stlouisbbb.org.  The BBB of Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois, serves 99 counties in Missouri and Illinois.  The BBB's mission is to help make the region a better place to do business by encouraging positive, ethical business practices.

 

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