Credit counseling service helps others avoid identity theft

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Identity theft is becoming all too common, but there is an easy way to avoid becoming a victim. Make a point to shred any important documents with account numbers and other identifying features.

The Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Savannah held a shredding event Thursday morning in recognition of National Protect Your Identity Week.

Organizers want to educate people on the proper way to safeguard themselves from identity theft.

"Identity theft, it is the number one complaint to the Federal Trade Commission for the past several years running. It is estimated over 10-million Americans are going to be victims of identity theft," said Education Coordinator Skye Tyler. "Since it is such a big problem we decided to partner with organizations like the coastal bank, the bull street library, to be able to present the information to people, as well as give them the opportunity to shred and securely destroy that vital information."

The event just wrapped up, but it's not too late to have your documents shredded. On Friday, another shredding event will be held at the Bull Street Library from 9 a.m. to noon.

You can bring in old computers and cell phones to be donated. They will be wiped clean to eliminate sensitive or personal information.

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