Fraud Prevention: Don’t Forget the Paper Trail

LITTLE ROCK, AR (Ben Caxton) — Cyber crimes continue to increase and evolve, but some fraudsters still follow paper trails to steal personal information. Income tax returns, financial statements, medical bills and educational records are just some of the documents full of personal information of value to thieves. A-A-R-P Arkansas volunteer Larry Larson says these documents tend to pile up in homes which can leave folks vulnerable to identity theft. “Even though we’ve gone digital, I think it’s generated more paper than we had before because people print their information off their computers, and I know dozens of people that have file cabinets at home full of records that they keep.” Larson says proper disposal of documents containing personal information is important, as many scammers have no qualms about digging through the trash as they target their next victim. To help protect Arkansans from identity theft, A-A-R-P Arkansas is hosting a free shredding event on Saturday in Jacksonville. There is a limit of three boxes per vehicle, and no business documents will be accepted.

 


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