While most of us wouldn’t think to rifle through another’s garbage, there’s some truth behind the saying one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. The dumpster divers searching through your bins aren’t looking for yesterday’s leftovers or an empty milk carton, however. They have something far more important in their sights: your personal information. The contact details and financial numbers recorded on things like bills and government notices are exactly what they need in order to start opening fraudulent accounts in your name. Once that happens, you can say goodbye to good credit and hello to financial headaches.
With your finances and reputation at stake, it’s important to dispose of your important documents carefully. Simply throwing out these key documents with the rest of your weekly garbage isn’t enough. Should you be targeted by career criminals, they’ll find your name and financial details. A quick rip through your credit card bill and tax info isn’t enough to stop these fraudsters. They can match up papers ripped by hand easily enough. Only professional shredding can prevent them making the right connections.
Professional paper shredding companies use state-of-the-art mobile shredding trucks that completely destroy any chance of putting the pieces of paper back together. If they’re anything like the trucks used at Absolute Destruction, the teeth of their blades are strong enough to take on electronics, making them an ideal choice for both paper and digital document shredding. There are operated by a fully trained and bonded crew to ensure this destruction happens as it should, making sure your personal information cannot be retrieved by the time it goes for recycling.
Identity theft is a growing crime in Canada, affecting over 20, 000 individuals across the country every year. While there are many safeguards put in place by your bank and other credit agencies, these regulations won’t always protect you. In many instances identity theft resulted in the victims paying $2,000 out of pocket.
To save yourself the financial and emotional burden of identity theft, make it impossible for criminals to find your information. Protect yourself by having a professional shredding service destroy your document and obsolete electronics. Their mobile shredders are thorough enough to leave nothing behind. Destruction is the best form of protection. When there’s nothing in your garbage bins to discover, then there’s no way for your would-be identity fraudster to find your personal information and start playing with your credit.