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Manitobans are invited to bring personal documents – tax returns, bills, receipts – to the CAA Service Centre at 870 Empress Street to have them professionally shredded and disposed of on Saturday June 17, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m..
Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing fraud-related crimes in North America,” said Liz Kulyk, corporate manager of government and community relations. “When a thief gets a hold of your personal information, they can use it to commit fraud. Trying to undo the damage can be frustrating and expensive.
According to the Competition Bureau of Canada, it is estimated that Canadians lost over $290 million to fraudsters from January 2014 to December 2016.
Shredding your documents is one of the simplest things you can do to protect your identity. Any documents with your name, address, birth date, social insurance number, banking or credit card information should be shredded rather than just throwing them in the trash or recycling bin.
Tips to protect your identity from thieves:
• Carry only the credit cards you need. Cut up old or expired credit cards. Close all inactive credit card and bank accounts.
• Don’t carry your social insurance card in your wallet.
• Don’t use your address, telephone number, middle name, your mother’s maiden name, your birth date or any other personally identifiable
information for passwords.
• Memorize passwords. Never write them down or carry them with you.
• Make sure no one is hovering over you and shield your password at the ATM.
• Adopt an attitude of healthy skepticism toward websites that offer prizes or giveaways. Chances are, all that’s been “won” is the opportunity to buy
something you didn’t want in the first place.
More information about this event can be found at http://www.caamanitoba.com/shredding.
CAA is also accepting a tin for the bin to support Winnipeg Harvest.