You can take action during a free event to help protect yourself against identity theft.
Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller Nikki Alvarez-Sowles will present part two of Big Shred VI, on Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Robert Sumner Judicial Center, 38053 Live Oak Ave., in Dade City.
Those participating in Big Shred VI are allowed to bring three copy-paper size boxes or two tall kitchen trash bags filled with documents. Staples, clasps and paperclips do not need to be removed, but paper must be removed from three-ring binders, and electronics are not accepted.
The clerk and comptroller’s office already joined up with Keep Pasco Beautiful, Shred 360 and Covanta to provide the first part of the two-part event on Jan. 28 at the West Pasco Judicial Center in New Port Richey.
At the event in New Port Richey, 270 cars came through with people dropping off documents to be shredded, according to the clerk and comptroller’s office.
Each year, Big Shred is timed to be around Jan. 28, which is Data Privacy Day.
It’s no secret that identity theft is a widespread crime throughout the country.
The Federal Trade Commission reported that in 2022, there were 603,591 cases of identity theft nationwide. Florida claimed 101,367 of those cases, according to a news release from the clerk and comptroller’s office.
Published February 01, 2023