Richmond County hosts Shred Fest to help stop identity theft

Richmond County hosts Shred Fest to help stop identity theft
Richmond County Sheriff's Office shred papers from residents (WFXG)

One mans trash can be another mans identity. Identity thieves can drain your bank account and run up charges on your credit cards. Sometimes this happens when people leave personal documents lying around.

On April 20, The Richmond County Sheriff's Office hosted a Shred Fest.  Their goal is to remind folks about the dangers of identity theft. Identity theft is a rapidly growing crime and it has been this way for a couple of years. More than 18 million Americans have been the victims of identity related fraud over the past two years.

"If people find that they are a victim of identity theft or find suspicious activity going on they need to call and make a police report immediately with the sheriff's office or local law enforcement agency. It is also important to contact the three main important credit bureau agencies. They can look at personal service through the internet and that may cost a few dollars.", explains Sgt. William McCarty with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. McCarty also says you do not want to throw away documents that could fall into the hands of the wrong person. If you are holding on to important papers then it is best to put them up a locked box or safe.

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