Free Shredding Event in Shelby County Targets Identity Theft

Free Shredding Event in Shelby County Targets Identity Theft

You can shred unwanted paperwork for free next Saturday, April 20th at the sheriff office's training academy.
SHELBY COUNTY, TN -- The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is joining the fight against identity theft.

Next Saturday, April 20th, the county is teaming up with the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs to host a free shredding event.

You can bring any unwanted paperwork, old bills or bank statements that need trashing. They'll be destroyed on site.

It starts at ten in the morning and will go until two in the afternoon. There's a two box limit per car.

Experts say shredding is the best way to prevent personal information from getting into the wrong hands.

"Thieves will go through your trash can. We call them dumpster divers," says Gary Cordell, director of TN Divisions of Consumer Affairs. "People will throw away an offer for a credit card that has information on it or they'll just throw away their bank account statement."

"It's a very tough crime for you to experience and it can set you back tremendously," adds Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham. "We want to assist the public."

You can also get rid of any old prescription drugs next Saturday. The county will be collecting unwanted pills or medications with no questions asked.

All this is taking place at the sheriff office's training academy on Dovecrest in Memphis near Sycamore View.
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