Scam Jam and Paper Shred at Linden Park Apts., October 20 at 10 am

Scammers and identity thieves steal billions from Americans every year, and seniors may be especially vulnerable. That’s why AARP Fraud Watch Network and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office are hosting a free presentation for area residents on how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh will address the crowd with important tips, including:

  • An inside look at how scammers think
  • Tips for safeguarding against identity theft & fraud
  • First-hand accounts from victims.
  • What to do if you or someone you know becomes a victim of fraud.

The Scam Jam and Paper Shred will be held at Linden Park Apartments, 301 McMechen St., Baltimore, on Thursday, October 20 from 10 AM to 1PM.

Attendees are invited to bring their sensitive documents for secure shredding, so that they remain out of the hands of identity thieves. AARP members, non-members and residents of all ages are welcome to attend this FREE event.

Shredding service begins at 11 AM and will continue until 1 PM (or until the on-site shredding service trucks reach full capacity.)

“In 2015 Maryland residents registered more than 11,000 complaints about identity theft with the Federal Trade Commission,” said Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh. “We encourage every family to protect themselves by shredding their old financial documents and other records on a regular basis.”

“Identity thieves routinely search through dumpsters and trash cans, looking to find confidential information. This is an opportunity for consumers to discard their paperwork safely and securely,” said Hank Greenberg, AARP Maryland State Director.”

To avoid having your sensitive information compromised, security experts recommend shredding of the following types of materials:

  • Old documents:  Papers that carry your Social Security number, birth date, signature, account numbers, passwords or PIN numbers.
  • Banking:  Canceled or unused checks.  Shred deposit slips and ATM and credit card receipts, once you receive your monthly statements.
  • Credit Cards: Preapproved credit card applications and incentive/gift checks from credit card companies.
  • Medical: unneeded medical bills.
  • Investments: Investment account statements.
  • Obsolete ID cards: Expired driver’s licenses, medical insurance cards and passports.

And for those consumers who use a home shredder, experts also recommend the use of a micro-cut model.  Tests have shown that the scraps of paper from a straight or cross-cut shredder can be reassembled by identity thieves.  With a micro-cut shredder, the paper is rendered into impossible-to-reassemble debris.

More information on how to keep safe from identity theft fraud, and alerts regarding other types of scams, is available from the Fraud Watch Network at

Note:  Shredding services will be performed by a third party.  All documents and information provided for shredding are subject to that party’s privacy and informational security policies.

Click here for more info about the event.

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