HONOLULU (October 7, 2013) – Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau®, Access Information Management and Pacific Corporate Solutions invites the Oahu community to BBB Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at three locations on the island.
Individuals, families and businesses are encouraged to take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of sensitive paper documents, electronic waste and unused cell phones. BBB and First Hawaiian Bank staff will also be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.
“Consumers and businesses are now identifying and stopping scams faster than ever before,” Said, Gregory D. Dunn, CEO of Hawaii’s BBB. “But con-artists are also acting quicker, taking advantage of technology and victimizing more consumers. It is in consumers best interests to treat their personal information like they do their personal safety."
The 2013 Identity Fraud Report released in February 2013 by Javelin Strategy & Research reports that in 2012 identity fraud incidents increased by more than one million victims and fraudsters stole more than $21 billion, the highest amount since 2009. The study found 12.6 million victims of identity fraud in the United States in the past year, which equates to 1 victim every 3 seconds.
BBB Secure Your ID Day locations:
· McKinley High School: 1039 South King Street. Honolulu, HI 96814 (entrance off of Pensacola street)
· Castle High School: 45-386 Kaneohe Bay Drive. Kaneohe, HI 96744 (parking lot outside of Bright theater)
· Access Information Management Oahu Destruction Center: 98-736 Moanalua Loop. Aiea, HI 96701
Bring up to two boxes or bags of documents, CDs and floppy disks to be destroyed properly and take home the tips and resources you need to help protect your identity. Paper documents should be removed from binders, but staples and paper clips can be shredded.
BBB Secure Your ID Day also includes free, safe and secure cell phone recycling. The cell phones collected will have all user content removed before being refurbished, reused or smelted down for metals and plastics.
At last year’s BBB Secure Your ID Day event in Hawaii, more than 600 vehicles delivered over 21 tons of material that was shredded on the spot for free. For more information on BBB Secure Your ID Day and identity theft prevention for consumers and businesses, visit www.hawaii.bbb.org/syid
About Hawaii’s BBB
Established in 1945, Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau® (BBB) is the local authority on trust in the marketplace. BBB is an unbiased, nonprofit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Only businesses and charities that meet and adhere to BBB standards can receive BBB accreditation. Hawaii’s BBB provides objective advice, free business and charity reports, and educational resources on topics affecting marketplace trust. BBB also offers fair and timely dispute resolution programs for consumers and businesses. BBB resources are available online at www.bbb.org.