(Raleigh, NC) -- Attorney General Roy Cooper is urging North Carolina consumers to bring old financial records they no longer need to one of more than a dozen shred-a-thons planned across the state this fall.
Between today and Thanksgiving, 17 free shredding events are planned across North Carolina. Shred-a-thons are scheduled to take place in the coming weeks in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Rocky Mount, Creedmoor, Summerfield, Mooresville, Statesville, Cornelius and Stallings. Multiple events are planned for some cities.
The Greensboro Shred-A-Thon will take place at the State Employees Credit Union, 200 Muirs Chapel Road, Greensboro on Wednesday, October 17th from 9am-2pm.
"Unfortunately, there are still low-tech thieves who will go through dumpsters searching for anything that contains personal information in order to steal your good name and use your credit," Cooper said. "Shredding your old documents is the best way to protect yourself."
The shred-a-thons are sponsored by a number of groups, including Cooper's office, the Better Business Bureau, credit unions, shredding companies and local civic groups, law enforcement and media. Consumers can protect themselves from identity theft by bringing pre-approved credit card offers, old bills, out-of-date account statements and other documents that include personal information to any of the shred-a-thons.
"Shredding your unused credit card applications and out-of-date financial documents makes it that much harder for a criminal to steal your identity and run up debts in your name," Cooper said.