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Dauphin County and AKA Document Shredding Day
April 20, 2018
Dauphin County and AKA Free Document Shredding Day: In Celebration of Earth Day
Helping Avoid the Perils of Fraud, Identity Theft and Information Insecurity
What: A Free to the Public Community-wide Document Shredding Day – Boxed Paper Products Only. No staples or metals.
When: Friday, April 20th – 8:30am to 8:00pm
Where: Dauphin County Recycling Center, 1625 South Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104
Why/Community Benefits: In addition to offering a convenient and cost-effective option for securely shredding documents, this valuable community event – which is free and open to the public – provides an opportunity to combat the perils of fraud, identify theft and information insecurity.
“Alpha Kappa Alpha is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of our neighbors throughout greater Harrisburg – including preventing the perils of fraud, identity theft and information insecurity through proper document disposal and recycling,” said Anize Appel, Ph.D., president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter. “We applaud Dauphin County leadership for making this Earth Day event possible and are pleased to be a part of this unique initiative.”
Identity Theft Facts & Figures:
In 2017, the Dauphin recycling center served more than 17,000 residents – a 48 percent increase from 2014. Last year the center recycled roughly 1.9 million pounds of paper, including newspaper, cardboard, office paper and books.
A 2017 Identity Fraud study released by Javelin Strategy & Research found that $16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2016, compared with $15.3 billion and 13.1 million victims in 2015. In the past six years identity thieves have stolen more than $107 billion.
The Consumer Sentinel Network, maintained by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), tracks consumer fraud and identity theft complaints filed with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and private organizations. Of the 3.1 million complaints received in 2016, 1.3 million were fraud-related, costing consumers more than $744 million. The median amount consumers paid in these cases was $450.
Identity theft complaints were the third most reported complaints to the FTC and increased by more than
47 percent from 2013 to 2015.
Paper dropped off for shredding should be boxed and any staples or fasteners larger than a half inch must be removed. Shredding usually costs $5 per bankers box of documents.
Tips for Reporting Identity Theft offered by PA Department of Revenue (source: www.revenue.pa.gov):
File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at identitytheft.gov or by calling 1-877-438-4338.
File a report with local police.
Report the incident to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection – 1-800-441-2555.
File an Identity Theft Affidavit (Form 14039) with the Internal Revenue Service.
Contact the fraud departments of the three major credit bureaus:
o Equifax: www.equifax.com, 1-800-525-6285
o Experian: www.experian.com, 1-888-397-3742
o TransUnion: www.transunion.com, 1-800-680-7289
If you discover a fraudulent PA personal tax return was filed using your identity, please contact the Fraud Investigation Unit at 717-772-9297 or RA-RVPITFRAUD@pa.gov for assistance.
Close any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.