Operation: Unclutter 2011 - and keep your identity while you are at it.

by Erica Starr 18. April 2011

With today being April 18th, a.k.a 2011's tax deadline, we thought it would be a good idea to celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd ) by teaming up with the folks at Shred-It to help our community “shred” those unwanted, clutter-enabling, not essential to your existence documents that you may have acquired over the years. Tax returns from last decade, useless; old credit card offers, it’s probably time for them to go; expired passports, bank cards, passports, visas, and identification cards; shred, shred shred! It’s an easy way to get rid of those unnecessary documents by recycling the shredded material, which is good for both you and the environment.

The US Federal Trade Commission received 250,854 complaints about identity theft during 2010.  In many cases, identity theft victims are unaware they are a target until they see the havoc wreaked on their credit report. While much of the fraud takes place online, most of the identity theft takes place in offline areas. While the tech-savvy thieves continue to unite, your trash can should NOT be the scene of the crime. Entering your information into a phony website or swiping your card at a skimmed gas pump (skimmer: small electronic devices that gather and store all credit or ATM card data) can happen even to the most cautious of consumers; however, conveniently leaving your social security number in an public unsecure container (i.e., your trash can) is like serving your identity up on a silver platter.

In other words, when you throw something in the trash, it immediately becomes available to anyone who’s willing to overlook the enticing smells of last night’s dinner.

What to shred and what NOT to shred?

Now that you know WHY you should shred documents, the question now becomes, what to shred and what NOT to shred. At a high level, you should generally shred anything that has a signature, account number, social security number, or medical or legal information. Check out this link for a full list of documents that can be tossed (a.k.a shredded) and those that you might want to hang onto a little longer.

The Scene of the Solution: 1st Mariner Bank’s Cockeysville and Dundalk Branches

The Shred-It Team will be set up from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m on Saturday, April 23rd at both our Cockeysville and Dundalk branches. This event is open to both 1st Mariner Bank customers and non-customers; however, there is a limit of five boxes per person.. We strongly encourage everyone and anyone to participate in this FREE, earth-friendly opportunity to de-clutter your lives and help Maryland AND your file cabinets to become as spacious, eco-friendly and green as they possibly can be.



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