Annual Shred Event Encourages Fraud Prevention

Rep. Winger pictured at the Shred Event with
volunteer, Gus Mehilos.
State Representative Christine Winger recently hosted a paper shredding event sponsored by the Village of Bloomingdale and DuPage County.

The Bloomingdale event drew a crowd of area residents, who dropped off documents to be safely shredded and discarded on site. Representative Winger has sponsored a local paper shred event every year to conveniently provide residents with an easy opportunity to ensure documents with sensitive information are discarded in the right way—to prevent personal information being stolen and used for fraud or identity theft.

“Every year I like to sponsor a paper shredding event,” said Winger. “It is so important to protect your information, and hosting this event gives residents the peace of mind, knowing papers with sensitive information are discarded the right way to prevent any wrongdoing.”

Shredding documents to ensure personal information and data is destroyed is now more important than ever. Identity theft is on the rise, with last year 15.4 million American’s information being used fraudulently. This was a 16% increase from the previous year, and one of the reasons Rep. Winger likes to remind her constituents to take the extra step to protect their information.

Identity theft is the most common through the loss or theft of a purse or wallet, mail theft, and fraudulent address changes. Online identity theft is also an increasing threat, and it is important to stay vigilant and take the necessary precautions to ensure you and your family’s information remains secure.

Should you feel your information has been compromised, the Illinois Attorney General has created an identity theft hotline. You can call the hotline number, 1-866-999-5630, should you have concerns, or visit the website for more information on identity theft in Illinois.

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