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National Protect Your Identity Week October 20-27

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Free Document Shredding and ID Theft Awareness Webinars Help Protect and Educate the Inland Community

Riverside – Millions of people are victimized by identity theft each year, with ID theft remaining the top complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. There have been breaches of secure information in nearly every sector of the business community as well as the education, healthcare, banking, and even government sectors. Everyone, even children, is at risk of identity theft.

In response, Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management, Inc. (“Springboard”) is proud to take the lead in this area by bringing identity theft protection education to consumers. Springboard is participating in the fifth annual National Protect Your Identity Week (PYIW) October 20-27, 2012. The initiative is co-hosted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Association of Triads. Since prevention is the best answer to this growing problem, Springboard will host the following events, which are open to the public and free of charge:

• Community Shred Day/Free Document Shredding
Date: Saturday, Oct. 27
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: 1695 Spruce Street, Riverside, CA 92507

There are numerous techniques that thieves use when committing identity theft, from more traditional methods, such as stolen wallets, to emerging methods through the Internet and social media. The popularity of smart phones brought with them another opportunity for thieves to steal personal information, making the 2012 PYIW theme of “ID Theft Protection on the Go” extremely relevant.

“Even though the old-fashioned ways of stealing a person’s identity are still prevalent, thieves are beginning to focus on the personal information they can obtain from our everyday electronic devices such as cell phones, PDAs, pagers and even copy machines,” said Melinda Opperman, Springboard’s senior vice president. “Even those who consider themselves protected against identity theft would be well-served to learn more about the threats that are inherent through technology we use everyday. Consumers need to stay in front of these problems, and the best way to do that is through education. We encourage consumers to attend our free events and become better informed.”

Springboard’s Community Shred Day is sponsored by Cintas Document Management, which will provide free-onsite document shredding of out-dated financial records and other documents that contain personal financial information. In addition, e-waste such as old computers, monitors and televisions will be accepted by SmartRiverside.

As an additional resource, consumers are encouraged to visit Springboard’s online learning center at http://credit.org/downloads/ where they may download free resources, including a copy of ID Theft: Protecting and Restoring Your Good Name.

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