AG Announces Upcoming 11th Annual Community Shred Days

 

From:  News Release   3/1/17   GCN 
 
JACKSON— Attorney General Jim Hood will host the 11th annual Community Shred Days next week in Jackson, Hattiesburg and D’Iberville.  Attorney General Hood encourages Mississippi consumers to take advantage of an opportunity to better protect themselves from becoming victims of identity theft.
 
The Attorney General’s Office and partner organizations will be in Jackson and Hattiesburg on Friday, March 10, and in D’Iberville on Saturday, March 11. The annual event coincides with National Consumer Protection Week.
 
“Identity theft is a widespread and serious crime. It is vitally important to destroy documents that contain any information that would make it easy for a criminal to steal your identity such as Social Security numbers, account numbers or other sensitive data,” Attorney General Hood said. “Shred days are intended to raise community awareness to the risks of identity theft and to provide Mississippians free access to document shredding.”
 
Mississippi consumers may bring up to three bags or boxes of documents to be shredded at no charge. Shredding will be provided by Iron Mountain and Premiere shredding companies. This is a consumer service, and is first-come, first-served.  Businesses are not eligible. A shredding truck will remain at each location until the truck is full or the scheduled end time, whichever occurs first.
 
Specific statewide locations are:
 
Friday, March 10th
Saturday, March 11th
JACKSON
The Home Depot
6325 I-55 North
Starting at 7:30 am – 2:00 pm**
D’IBERVILLE
Wal-Mart Supercenter
3615 Sangani Blvd.
Starting at 8:00 am – noon**
HATTIESBURG
Wal-Mart Supercenter
6072 US Hwy 98
Starting at 8:00 am – noon**
 
**We will be onsite at each location’s starting times until the truck is full at that specific location.
 
Attorney General Hood reminds consumers that simple things, such as taking out the garbage, can expose them to identity theft. Consumers should shred receipts, pre-approved credit offers or convenience checks that haven’t been used. Identity thieves won’t hesitate for a second to rummage through the trash.
“Since we began this partnership, we have helped Mississippi consumers shred over 511,350 pounds of paper containing personal information,” said Attorney General Hood. “We are committed to protecting Mississippians by continuing to prevent identity theft before it occurs, and we have no doubt this partnership and the hard work of our volunteers have saved many Mississippians from becoming victims of crime.”
 
Additional partners include:  AARP, BancorpSouth, Better Business Bureau, Brightview Federal Credit Union, Center for Justice, Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, Eagle Express Federal Credit Union, The Home Depot, Iron Mountain, Jackson Area Federal Credit Union, The Leadership Council on Aging, Members Exchange Credit Union, Mississippi Credit Union Association, Mississippi Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services, Mississippi Federal Credit Union, Mississippi Public Service Commission, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Money Management International, Premiere Shredding, Inc., Secretary of State’s Office, Statewide Federal Credit Union, Sunbelt Federal Credit Union, TAGMA, Trustmark Bank, Wal-Mart, and other Mississippi Consumer Partnership members.
 
For more information about the event or about protecting your identity, visit www.agjimhood.com.  Any questions or concerns can be addressed by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 601-359-4230 or toll free at 1-800-281-4418.