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Documents are Tempting Targets for Identity Thieves

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LAS VEGAS - Identity thieves aren't just looking online for your personal information. They may also be digging through your trash. Your trash may contain documents and/or information a potential thief could use to steal your identity.

These scammers often prowl neighborhoods on trash pick-up days and look for anything people carelessly discard as junk mail. The right items can produce a huge windfall for a thief at your expense.

Thieves often look for receipts, anything from a credit card company, pre-approved offers for credit, canceled checks, statements, paycheck stubs and/or insurance claim forms. Even expired documents can prove beneficial to scammers.

Their goal is to find out where you bank, what doctor you see, who maintains your mortgage or any other information that gives them a blueprint to your life.

With your name and address, they can find your phone number. They can call you and pose as your bank, doctor's office or mortgage company. They can then trick you into providing additional personal information.

The best way to protect yourself is to shred everything. If you don't want to invest in a shredder, you don't have to.

Saturday, October 19, the Better Business Bureau will hold a shredding event at their office. You can bring up to 10 boxes of documents to be shredded free of charge. The Better Business Bureau will also recycle e-waste and old cell phones.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Better Business Bureau office at 6040 S. Jones Boulevard.

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