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Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is inviting residents down for four hours of free document shredding on Thursday, October 28.

The initiative is part of an effort to raise awareness about identity theft, and will help safely destroy unwanted records and documents. The event is co-sponsored by the New York Consumer Protection Board.

Here are the event details:

Thursday, October 28
Bay Academy School Yard
1401 Emmons Avenue
(located directly behind school – enter from East 15th Street)
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Can’t make it to the event? Here are some tips from the Consumer Protection Board to avoid credit card and identity theft:

Your Cards…
  • Never carry your Social Security card. Carry only those credit cards you actually need.
  • Watch your credit and debit cards to prevent a stranger from skimming your card’s data.
  • Do not give out personal information over the phone unless the call was initiated by you and you know to whom you are speaking.
  • Exercise caution when using an ATM.
  • Select businesses that avoid using your Social Security number as an identifier.
  • Close any unused credit card accounts and notify the three major credit reporting agencies they’ve been closed.
  • Use complex passwords for all of your accounts on and off-line.
Documents and Data Protection…
  • Examine all transactions on your bank and credit card statements closely.
  • Cross shred documents displaying personal information.
  • Review and get a free copy of your credit report annually from the three major credit reporting agencies. (Equifax, Experian and Trans Union)

Find more tips and tools on the Consumer Protection Board website.

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  • BrooklynBus

    I just came home from the free shredding and had no idea how easy it would be. They told me to drive my car right alongside the shredder. I was in and out in five minutes. It saved me hours of having to shred by hand. I wish I brought than one carton with me. I hope the assemblyman does this again in six months or a year and more people take advantage of this.

  • Anonymous

    By simply reducing our waste at home or at work – shredding our used papers to be used for other purposes (for example) is proof enough that we are aware of what is happening with our natural resources and we want to encourage ‘green’ living as much as we can.
    http://www.esnips.com/doc/026d5bdc-ea42-4321-a55a-d6847efe6545/Recycled-scraptires
    What most of us take for granted is the fact that we can still put our old paper documents as well as hard drives into good use by having them shredded – as an example.