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Thursday, June 6, 2019   

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – It's easy to disregard unsolicited financial offers that show up in your mailbox, but experts say those letters shouldn't simply be tossed out with the trash.

Scammers have been known to root through people’s garbage in search of documents with personal information.

To help folks avoid becoming victims of identity theft, Lou Tobian, associate state director for outreach and education with AARP Arkansas, says AARP is hosting a ShredFest event on Saturday.

He says documents to bring along include old banking, credit card and IRS statements.

"In my household, we even like to get rid of credit card offers that come in the mail, any direct piece of mail that has enough information on it that a scammer might be able to piece together and make up an identity in your place," he states.

Other documents to consider shredding include old medical statements or school documents.

ShredFest will be held at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

For those who cannot attend, Tobian recommends using a micro-cut shredder that will slice documents so finely that they cannot be pieced back together.

U.S. consumers lost nearly $17 billion to identify thieves in 2017 alone.

No more than three boxes of documents will be accepted per vehicle at ShredFest, nor will documents from businesses.

Tobian encourages participants to also bring non-perishable food items.

"We're collecting food on behalf of the Arkansas Foodbank,” he explains. “The document shredding is free but you might think of a food donation as your way of giving back."

Tobian says ShredFest is so popular that AARP has shredded documents from more than 400 vehicles at past events. However, it is only held if the weather permits.

"The weather looks kind of iffy, so the best way to get updates is to pre-register, and if you pre-register, then we'll make sure you get a notice of whether the event needs to be postponed or not," he states.

Information on pre-registering is available online at aarp.org/AR.

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