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Take advantage of free spring shred-a-thons, AG Cooper urges

Release date: 4/18/2013

Shredding events going on statewide this spring to help cut down on ID Theft

Raleigh: Attorney General Roy Cooper is urging North Carolina consumers doing spring cleaning to remember to shred old documents that may contain personal information. Consumers can shred items for free at more than 20 shredding events taking place across the state this spring, including seven planned for this weekend.
“Identity thieves will still go low-tech and dig through dumpsters in search of your personal information,” Cooper said. “Protect your good name by shredding old documents at one of these free events.”
Consumers can protect themselves from identity theft by bringing pre-approved credit card offers, old bills, out-of-date account statements and other documents that include personal information to any of the shred-a-thons.
Between now and the end of May, at least 23 free shredding events are planned across North Carolina, including seven on Saturday, April 20. Shred-a-thons are scheduled for 17 North Carolina cities and towns over the next few weeks, including Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Asheville, Tarboro, Greenville, Jacksonville and Mt. Olive. 
For dates, times, locations and other details about shred-a-thons, see our events page at
The shred-a-thons are sponsored by a number of groups, including Cooper’s office, the Better Business Bureau, banks and credit unions, shredding companies and local civic groups, law enforcement and media. More shredding events are being planned for upcoming months and will also be posted at  
Local groups that would like tips on how to organize shred-a-thons in their communities can contact the Attorney General’s Office at

For more protection from identity theft, Cooper also suggests the following tips:
  • Guard your personal information. Don’t carry your Social Security card, and give out your Social Security Number only when absolutely necessary. Never share your SSN or other personal financial information with anyone you don’t know who calls you or emails you, no matter who they claim to be. Legitimate companies will not ask for your personal information this way.
  • Check your credit reports regularly. You’re entitled to one free credit report every year from each of the three major credit bureaus. To get your free report, go to or call 1-877-322-8228. To track your credit throughout the year, request a free report from a different credit bureau every four months. North Carolina is the first state in the nation to require all credit monitoring services to tell you how to get credit reports for free.
  • Consider a free security freeze. Guard against ID theft by freezing your credit reports online for free. Seniors and victims of identity theft can also freeze their credit by telephone or mail for free. Placing security freezes on your credit prevents identity thieves from opening new accounts or taking out credit cards and loans in your name. Detailed information about how to place a security freeze is available at
  • Stop pre-approved credit card applications. Call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT or visit to stop pre-approved credit card applications that an ID thief could steal and use to get credit in your name.

Media contact:  Noelle Talley (919) 716-6413