If you grew up in the 90s (or just watched a lot of TV during the decade), we’ve got a quick pop-culture pop quiz for you. We’ll say the first part of a phrase, and you’ll see if you can complete it. Sound fun? Cool. Here we go!
“Just set it…”
You shouted “…and forget it!” without even thinking, didn’t you?
Whether or not your family ever purchased one of Ron Popeil’s infamous rotisserie ovens, the infomercial’s unofficial slogan perfectly illustrates how a simple saying can stick with us for decades. If a catchphrase can be used that effectively for marketing purposes, doesn’t it make sense to harness that same power for something even more important? Something like protecting your identity?
Shred it and forget it!
In 2017, more than 15.7 million people fell victim to identity theft and fraud, with overall losses topping $16 billion. Statistics like that highlight the ongoing importance of consumers taking proactive steps to protect themselves. While much has been written about protecting your identity online, shredding paper documents and receipts is still an incredibly efficient way to protect your valuable information like social security numbers, account numbers, and financial details.
Throwing these documents away may reduce the clutter in your home, but you can never be sure whether those statements fall into the wrong hands after you take out the trash. Just because you wouldn’t consider dumpster diving to snag someone else’s personal information doesn’t mean that identity thieves are above the practice. Shredding your documents before trashing them is a reliable way to ensure your personal information stays private. That’s right; when it comes to getting rid of your paper-based personal records, you can—wait for it—”Shred it and forget it!”
But wait, there’s more!
On Saturday, April 28, Caro Federal Credit Union will be offering FREE commercial shredding services at the Walmart Supercenter located at 5420 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC. The event, which will run from 10 AM – 1 PM, is designed to help Caro members minimize the risk of identity theft by shredding documents that contain sensitive personal and financial details.
While shredding is an essential step towards safeguarding your identity, Caro understands that it takes a multi-step approach to protect yourself against theft or fraud. That’s why we also offer paperless solutions like mobile banking and online statements. Our members also enjoy the convenience and security of Credit Sense, our free credit monitoring service.
For more information about Shred Day or details about Caro Federal Credit Union’s consumer-friendly banking services, please stop by one of our locations, call us toll-free at (800) 476-5861, or visit our event on Facebook.