“I just bought a whole new wardrobe and best of all I didn’t have to pay for it,” sound familiar? Citibank has poked fun at a viable situation of identity theft.
The release and disposal of documents containing personal information such as social security exposes all to the risk of identity theft. Secure Eco Shred provided the community of Lincoln Square with the opportunity to shred confidential documents.
Secure Eco Shred’s community shred was sponsored by Gene Schulter, 47th ward alderman and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce. People were able to drive up and throw there confidential documents into the shredder and continue on. The disposals of the pieces (a three step process) are sent to a recycle plant on the south side where then they are distributed and made into tissue.
“We have people who approach us
With shredders being able to shred to the size of the tip of ones finger some are finding it a more improved and securer form to get rid of documents or mailing offers with ones information such as Gloria Sanchez, 47, a victim of identity theft.
Sanchez came to be a victim of identity theft when her cell phone company was burglarized and files were taken containing personal information such as social security, address, and phone information. A letter was then sent out to customers of the cell phone company and Sanchez notified. Her social security and name was used to open a credit card that then was used to try and buy a large purchase at Nike Town. Due to a notification given by Nike Town to verify purchase Sanchez was informed of her identity being stolen.
Sanchez must now contact Equifax and the various credit report services of fraud every nine months. After the nine months the fraud alert is taken off, but due to her identity being compromised Sanchez must continue to place a fraud alert. Sanchez now checks her report and shreds anything that comes in the mail that is preapproved.
With various preapproval cards some find it overwhelming and release there information without looking into the companies history.
Isaac Williams, 19 a music business major at Columbia, found himself closing his accounts due to fraudulent charges after releasing his information to a company who began taking money from his account without his notification. Williams began to try and contact the company with no success. After learning about the Better Business Bureau he found the company to be a fraud.
“It gives you an insecurity of which to trust,” said Williams.