BBB Shreds More than 13 Tons of Sensitive Documents

Released on: September 25, 2008, 8:09 am

Press Release Author: Cindy Stranad / BBB of Eastern NC

Industry: Non Profit

Press Release Summary: The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina shredded
more than 13 tons of sensitive documents during its “Secure Your ID” Day events in
Raleigh on Sept. 20.

Press Release Body: RALEIGH, N.C. (September 25, 2008) – The Better Business Bureau
(BBB) of Eastern North Carolina announced today that more than 13 tons of documents
were shredded on Sept. 20 as part of its “Secure Your ID” Day events at Raleigh’s
Ridgewood Shopping Center and Falls River Town Center. The free events provided
consumers a safe means of destroying documents containing personal information.

“People took an important first step in protecting their identity by disposing of
personal documents,” said Beverly Baskin, president and CEO of BBB of Eastern North
Carolina. “It was great to see so many people come out. We thank all who

The events had a combined 540 cars in attendance. People dropped off an array of
documents that included: check books, bank statements, school records, utility
bills, credit card receipts, and register receipts, among others. Documents
destroyed dated as far back as 1969.

“I used to be a partner in a small business and have several years worth of
paperwork from the company,” said shred participant Lisa Schaut, owner of Schaut
Creative Accounting. “I wasn’t sure who could shred such a quantity, and the BBB
event gave me a secure way to dispose of these sensitive documents.”

Participants were encouraged to bring up to three bags or boxes of documents to be
shredded, and BBB distributed information on how to further protect consumers from
identity theft.

For more information on identity protection, visit

About BBB of Eastern North Carolina:
The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina is a 501 (c)(6) not-for-profit
corporation serving 33 counties in Eastern North Carolina. The organization is
funded primarily by BBB Accredited Business fees from more than 3,200 local business
and professional firms. The BBB promotes integrity, consumer confidence and business
ethics through business self-regulation in the local marketplace. Services provided
by the BBB include, reports on companies and charitable organizations, general
monitoring of advertising in the marketplace, dispute resolution services, and
consumer/business education programs. All services are provided at no cost to the
public, with the occasional exception of mediation and arbitration. Visit

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Contact Details: Cindy Stranad
(919) 232-5008

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