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Posted on: June 15, 2012

Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Announces Shred-A-Thon to Help Prevent Identity Theft

PHOENIX, AZ (June 15, 2012) – As part of its ongoing commitment to combat identity theft, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is partnering with Shred-It to offer a free Shred-A-Thon and Prescription Drug Take-Back on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 at Pecos Community Center, 17010 South 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Members of the public will be able to safely destroy unneeded prescription medications and up to five bags of unneeded tax returns, financial documents and other papers with personal information at no cost.

The event will take place from 6:00am – 10:00am, or until the shredding trucks reach full capacity.

“This event provides citizens with an opportunity to destroy documents containing personal information and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of identity theft,” remarked Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “We’re also pleased to be able to offer people an easy way to get rid of unwanted medicines and prevent prescription drug abuse, which is a growing problem among young people,” he added.

Expired, unused or unneeded prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications will be accepted for disposal. No sharps or inhalers will be accepted.

Among the documents citizens are encouraged to bring to the Shred-A-Thon are:

  • Tax returns older than 5 years
  • Statements from banks and financial institutions
  • Cancelled checks
  • Paycheck stubs
  • Credit card applications
  • Unneeded medical records and billing statements

Large document shredding trucks will be available at the Community Center n to shred up to five full boxes or bags of documents per person at no cost. Volunteers with the County Attorney’s Office will be available to assist with unloading bags from vehicles and to provide free brochures and information on preventing identity theft.

For more information on how to protect yourself against Identity Theft, please visit the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office web site at www.maricopacountyattorney.org.

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