User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


21° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

What You Should Shred

November 9, 2011, 9:50 PM by Angela Kennecke

What You Should Shred
SIOUX FALLS, SD - If you haven't been the victim of identity theft, you may be in the minority.  ID theft affects 11 million people a year and costs about $54 billion.

One way to avoid it is to buy a shredder to destroy documents with your personal information on it and keep them out of the hands of thieves.

Most people hold onto their old tax returns; the question is for how long?

"Those can be kept three to four years in case you get audited. After three to four years make sure you shred that. Not only is your Social Security number on it, but your dependents and spouse's Social Security number, so that's a treasure trove for anybody trying to steal your personal information," Jim David of the Better Business Bureau said.

Next shred any bank statements, or anything with your bank account number, especially those old boxes of cancelled checks. To avoid having to shred them altogether, switch to online statements.

You'll also want to shred your pay stub because it contains a wealth of personal information and get rid of those credit card offers you get in the mail.

"Often times identity theft is not caused by somebody on the outside. It's often caused by somebody on the inside; someone in your family. It's important to shred credit card offers just to protect yourself," David said.

And you know those convenience checks you get in the mail from your credit card company? Don't hold onto them.

"Those convenience checks are another great example; so easy to forge. If you're not going to use them, shred them," David said.

Also put old credit cards and photo IDs through the shredder too.

"You want to make sure it cuts your magnetic strip length ways, not cross ways so that can no longer be used. If you're not using a credit card, contact the company and let them know instead of just leaving that out there," David said.

A good cross-cut shredder runs about $30.

And if you're shredder can't handle plastic, cut up the card into several pieces and throw them away in different trash bags.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
A misspelling was corrected in this story.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Dominic Fischer Found Dead During Search

12/17/2014 12:07 PM

Searchers discovered the body of Dominic Fischer in a field on Wednesday.

Full Story
Alexis Vanbochove Has Passed Away

12/17/2014 10:47 AM

According to her family, 4-year-old Alexis Vanbochove passed away early Wednesday morning.

Full Story
Grain Bin Collapses In Britton

12/14/2014 5:55 PM

A grain bin in Britton, SD collapsed this afternoon. No one was injured.

Full Story
A Super Hero Send-Off

12/11/2014 10:05 PM

Most of us don't have any idea how long we have to live and that may be a good thing. But a Sioux Falls seventh grader knows his days are num...

Full Story | Watch
Don't Jerk And Drive Campaign Pulled

12/11/2014 8:51 PM

A new ad campaign aimed at keeping drivers safe on South Dakota roads, received a bigger negative response than expected.

Full Story


Events