4 Commonly-Forgotten Documents You Should Be Shredding

You’re diligent about shredding documents because you know that in 2019, 14.4 million consumers became victims of identity fraud. You calculated that to be one out of every 15 people and you refuse to be that “one.” In your deliberate attempt to shred printed documents, you may have missed looking beyond the obvious to realize you are nonchalantly tossing some critical documents in the garbage.

To avoid becoming the subject of the next identity theft documentary or movie, make sure you shred these commonly-forgotten documents:

1. You’ve Got (Junk) Mail

You hate it. I hate it. Everyone hates it. So, it goes directly from the mailbox into the garbage can. Those sealed envelopes contain your name and address and possibly your phone number, bank account information, your habits, purchases and banking history. Shred that junk mail from retailers and institutions, even if the account is closed.

2. Travel Plans

That visit to The Grand Budapest Hotel, Key Largo, or wherever that last trip took you generated a large amount of paper documents. Boarding passes are loaded with visible information and references to even more. Event and travel tickets have bar codes, names, and frequent-flier numbers. Thieves can use information to hack into your accounts and view upcoming travel plans, check into flights, and even cancel trips. And showing photos of travel documents on social media? That’s a big no-no.

3. Birth or Death Announcements

Birth announcements for the Twins or death announcements for dear Uncle Buck need to be shredded. Identity thieves feel no compunction about targeting kids, the deceased, and the mourning family members left behind. Share announcements and birth dates only with those who need to know and shred the rest. For those who have passed, scan and shred any documents that are no longer active. Be aware that a death notice may also allow for easy identification of an empty home perfect for a burglary.

4. Old Financial Statements

It’s tempting to keep the financial statements that list All the Money (you have) in the World, but they are mainly for paying your bills and balancing accounts. Once your credit card and bank statements and utility bills are paid or balanced, shred them. Shred old credit cards as well. And don’t forget to shred those pay stubs and tax returns once the legal retention period has passed.

The bottom line is, don’t let fear or nostalgia tempt you to save documents that are no longer needed. When you’re ready to dispose of them, make sure you work with a NAID AAA Certified shredding company to keep your information secure.

American Document Securities is NAID AAA Certified for paper shredding and can help you with with one-time shredding or scheduled shredding. You can even choose from on-site mobile shredding or off-site shredding services. If you have questions or would like a free quote, just give us a call at 877-527-5237 or complete the form on this page.

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My staff and I had the pleasure of participating in an ADS Consulting Shredding & Storage Workshop in April 2011.As a new business, it was critical for us to get off to a good start. The workshop provided us with useful information and practical applications that helped us do that. The ‘hands on’ training experience we received in a successful, working document destruction and storage business environment was invaluable.Renee and her staff were very personable and helpful and continue to be valuable business partners to this day.I highly recommend the ADS Workshop to both new and existing businesses

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