Business Bureau serving
Northwest Florida and its national partners, the National Foundation for
Credit Counseling and the National Association for Information Destruction invite individuals to take the necessary
steps in protecting their identity during this year’s “Secure Your ID”
Day shredding event.
BBB is partnering locally with Gilmore Services, Pensacola’s Cat Country 98.7 FM and NewsRadio 1620 and Panama City’s WJHG-TV NBC 7
to help individuals take steps to protect their personal information. BBB staff
will be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for ID theft
BBB and its local partners will be at Cordova Mall in Pensacola, at Sam’s Club in Panama City and at Gilmore Services new
facility in Marianna on Saturday, Oct. 17, to offer free document shredding and advice and resources for protecting
During our local “Secure Your ID Day” events held last spring, 1,861 people
brought approximately 54,000 pounds of sensitive documents to be destroyed by
Gilmore Services and to receive information about protecting themselves from
Contrary to popular belief, only
12 percent of identity theft is committed online. The majority of identity
theft occurs when the thief has direct contact with the victim’s personal
information such as through a stolen or lost wallet, or by rifling through the
victim’s mailbox or trash.
“Identity theft is largely a crime
of access,” said Norman Wright, President/CEO of your BBB serving Northwest Florida. “Our goal is to make the information
less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense
against identity theft. With
community-based BBBs across North America
collaborating simultaneously, we’ll have a tremendous coast-to-coast presence
that will hopefully, prevent a lot of theft.”
BBB Secure Your ID Day Details
Oct. 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cordova Mall, 5100 N. Ninth Ave., Pensacola,
Sam’s Club, 1707 W. 23rd St., Panama
Gilmore Services, 3553
Industrial Park Drive, Marianna, Fla.
Bring up to 50 pounds of
documents to be shredded on site, free-of-charge and take home tips and
resources you need to help protect yourself. Please do not tie bags.
For more information on “Secure
Your ID” Day, visit www.nwfl.bbb.org/secureID
and for additional advice you can trust on protecting yourself against identity
theft, start with bbb.org.
is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for
fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accreditation
contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical
business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free business BBB Reliability
ReportsTM and charity BBB Wise Giving ReportsTM, and
educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To
promote trust, BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for
consumers and businesses when there is difference in viewpoints. The first BBB
was founded in 1912. Today, 125 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring
more than 3 million local and national businesses and charities. Please visit www.bbb.org for more information about BBB.
Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is the nonprofit trade
organization of the secure destruction industry. With over 1,200 member locations, NAID
members provide secure destruction services to business and government across North America.
Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling
(NFCC), Inc., promotes the national agenda for financially responsible behavior
and builds capacity for its Members to deliver the highest quality financial
education and counseling services. The NFCC is the nations largest and longest
serving national nonprofit credit counseling network, with more than 100 Member
agencies and nearly 850 offices in communities throughout the country. Each
year, NFCC Members assist more than 3.2 million consumers, helping many to
drive down their debt and take control of their finances.