BBB Offers Free On-Site Document Shredding And Identity Theft Prevention Tips

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Better Business Bureau will hold their annual “Secure Your ID” Day. This year the event has been expanded to two days.

BBB invites the Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia community to BBB “Secure Your ID” Day Friday at DuPont Community Credit Union, 4503 Hixson Pike, and Saturday at Lee Corners, intersection of Lee Hwy and Hwy 153.  Consumers and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive paper documents.

BBB staff will also be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.

“Properly destroying documents that include information you do not want getting into the hands of crooks is an important first step to fighting identity theft, but it does not end there,” said Jim Winsett, BBB president.  “That is why BBB experts will also be on hand offering important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off.”  In 2013 alone, 13 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $21 billion.

Bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded and take home the tips and resources you need to help protect yourself. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders, but staples, and paper clips, are okay to be shredded.

As the result of two nationwide Secure Your ID Days in 2013 alone, BBB helped individuals and small businesses at more than 113 sites across the country shred 3 million pounds of sensitive documents—all for free.  
 
“Identity theft is largely a crime of access,” added Mr. Winsett.  “Our goal here is to make the information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft.  With community-based BBB’s across North America collaborating simultaneously, we will have a tremendous coast-to-coast presence that will reach many people and, hopefully, prevent a lot of theft.” 

For more information on BBB “Secure Your ID Day” and identity theft prevention measures for both consumers and businesses, visit: www.chattanooga.bbb.org.


FSG Bank Ends Successful ‘Pay It Forward’ Campaign With $2,500 Donation To Habitat For Humanity

First Security Group, Inc., the holding company for FSG Bank, announced the bank has ended its “Pay It Forward” campaign and will officially make a $2,500 donation to the Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland after receiving an incredible response from the community to its unique GO Money campaign.   FSG Bank launched the GO Money campaign last month as part of its grand opening ... (click for more)

Fleet Feet Sports To Open New Chattanooga Store In Mid-October

Fleet Feet Sports   announces the mid-October opening of a new store in Chattanooga. The store will be the brand’s first location in the Chattanooga market and will open in the NorthShore neighborhood at 313 Manufacturers Road.   Running store veteran Steve Carter will operate and manage the store, stepping into the leadership role after serving as general manager ... (click for more)

Grill Fire Causes Damage To Signal Mountain Home

A grill fire caused damage to a Signal Mountain home on Friday evening. At  7:23 pm , a 911 call was made reporting a house fire at 306 Dawn Street on Signal Mountain. The Signal Mountain Fire Department responded reported heavy fire coming from the back porch and eaves of the home. Signal Mountain FD requested a mutual aid response for additional manpower. The ... (click for more)

Civic, Political Leader Mai Bell Hurley Dies At 87

Civic and political leader Mai Bell Hurley has died at age 87. She was the first woman to serve on the Chattanooga City Council. Ms. Hurley was also a longtime advocate for the arts and a leader in United Way. She was a leader in Chattanooga Venture that led to the redevelopment of downtown and the riverfront.  She most recently served on the Library Board. ... (click for more)

Senator Corker: Americans Deserve To Know Where Their Elected Leaders Stand On The Iran Deal

As I traveled across the Volunteer State during August, I spoke with many Tennesseans about the nuclear agreement between Iran, the United States, and other world powers. While opinions of the agreement vary, there is perhaps no greater geopolitical issue facing the world today than preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.  A strong agreement that would stop Iran from obtaining ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Ain’t A Whirlygust

I have lived in and around the State of Tennessee my entire life and I have spent that last 50 years writing words in stories every day. I love clever words, words that fit perfectly in a sentence. I also like funny words, clever phrases and all sorts of “slang” words. This week the Slate website came out with “The United Slang of America” and, naturally, I was eager to see what ... (click for more)