Protect Your ID Week, October 17-23, 2010

Identity theft continues to grow, with the number of victims in the U.S. reaching 11.1 million in 2009, a 12.5% increase over the previous year, according to Javelin Strategy and Research. Threats exist online and offline, and no one is completely safe, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself against identity theft and limit the damage. There is no reason to live in fear of this crime, but there are ways to ensure you’re doing the best you can to prevent it.

As part of this special week, Cintas Corporation is providing free document destruction at events nationwide with the goal of making the Guinness Book of World Records for the most paper shredded in a 24-hour period.

To find an event near you, visit www.ProtectYourIDNow.org and click on the map of the United States that says “Find a PYIW event Near You”. You will also find tips, quizzes, resources and advice on how to fight ID theft, if you’re a target, and what to do if you’re a victim.

 

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