Friday, February 8, 2008
[verbatim from AG's office] Attorney General Jim Hood, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Better Business Bureau President Bill Moak are joining together with a host of private partners to help Mississippians tak a pro-active approach in the fight against identity theft.
"Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in Mississippi and in America," said Attorney General Jim Hood. "We must be pro-active in the fight against it, if we are going to stop it. One of the simplest things you can do to reduce your chance of becoming a victim of identity theft is to shred documents that contain personal information before you throw them away." [end verbatim quotes]
Locally, you can participate in the second annual Community Shred Day today and tomorrow, Feb. 8 and 9. Bring up to five large garbage bags of your sensitive documents to be shredded for free to the Home Depot at 6325 I-55 N.
I was a victim over 20 years ago here in MS. it was a nightmare! My purse was stolen. The person stealing the purse was a part of an organized ring. A payroll check was made for $3,000.00 and cashed at a liquor store. I was called by the store to pick up the bounced check. It took about three years to be free of calls from credit card holders and businesses where TVs and other major appliances were charged. Shreding documents is a start; however, there are so many other tricks of the trade.