Prevent Identity Theft – Fellowes Shredders can help with that!
Did you know that identity theft is the most serious, non-violent crime and fastest growing type of fraud in North America? My hubby had his identity stolen and after experiencing and seeing what happened to him I don’t want anyone to ever go through that. We are going to share some tips on how you can help protect your identity and Fellowes shredders can help.
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It’s no small amount of work to get your name back when identity theft happens. My hubby had to some extent provide proof, as the person who stole his identity claimed unemployment insurance in his name, got credit cards and oh so much more. Fortunately, we were able to clear it all up but it took a few years, yes years. Now we are more vigilant about protecting our identity as what happened to him affect all of us.
A shredder like our Fellowes AutoMax 200C Cross-Cut Shredder that shreds up to 200 sheets of paper into cross-cut particles, shreds CDs/DVDs, credit cards, staples, paper clips and junk mail. We make sure to shred old bank statements, credit card statements, expired credit cards and anything that has even one bit of personal information on it.
To help you Prevent Identity Theft we’re sharing these 10 tips:
SHRED IT – Anything with your name and address on it
GO PAPERLESS – Most companies and service providers offer customers the option of digital billing. Not having bills sent to homes eliminates excess paper, and lessens the chance someone else will pick up or intercept your mail
KNOW YOUR MAIL CYCLE – Make sure you know when you’re scheduled to get what in the mail. If you have suddenly stopped receiving certain bills follow up with the provider to see if your address was changed.
PROTECT YOUR PIN – Be aware of your surroundings when using your PIN for your debit or credit card
DOUBLE CHECK STATEMENTS – Keep track of what’s on your statement and look out for suspicious charges
USE A CREATIVE PASSWORD – Don’t go with the obvious or easy to figure out passwords
ALWAYS LOG OUT – For any online banking make sure you always log out of a computer, especially if it’s at your workplace and/or a shared computer
SECURE YOUR HOME MAILBOX – If possible, invest in a mailbox that only you can access.
PROTECT PERSONAL INFO – Always be careful who you give out personal information too and never carry your birth certificate or SIN card.
KNOW WHO TO CALL – If you think you’ve fallen victim to fraud call your bank and have them cancel your cards immediately. Then contact your local police department (non-emergency number) to file a report and Canada’s main credit agencies.
That may sound like a lot but they’re all easy to do and once you get in the habit it will take no time at all. For example, we shred any documents one day a week so that it doesn’t pile up. When you have a Fellowes shredder like our Fellowes AutoMax 200C Cross-Cut Shredder it’s so easy to do! It’s equipped with the AccuFeed system, it provides fast automatic shredding for increased productivity.My favourite feature of our Fellowes AutoMax 200C Cross-Cut Shredder is that I can add 200 sheets of paper to the tray, press a button and walk away while it shreds it as you saw in the video above! It also has auto reverse jam prevention where it will automatically stop and reverse if a jam occurs.Make sure to prevent identity theft by following the above tips and if you don’t have a Fellowes shredder yet, make that your first step. It’s an easy way to help vent identity theft and if you’re like both my hubby and I who each run their own business you will find it’s a must-have. Even if you don’t run a business it’s a must-have to protect your personal information!
Where to buy Fellowes Shredders:
- Costco/ Costco.ca – Fellowes shredder – 200 Sheet Cross Cut AutoFeed
- Canadian Tire / CanadianTire.ca – Powershred XC-6 – 6 Sheet Cross Cut
To get you started one lucky Powered by Mom reader will win the exact same shredder that we own the Fellowes AutoMax 200C Cross-Cut Shredder. GO HERE to enter.