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BBB helps prevent medical ID theft


According to the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance, medical identity theft increased nearly 20 percent in 2013 and affected approximately 1.84 million victims in the United States — who paid more than $12 billion in out-of-pocket costs. Statistics still indicate that a majority of identity theft occurs by physical means — like dumpster diving and mail theft — and properly destroying sensitive personal documents is extremely important.

To protect Oregonians, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington and DirectBuy of Portland present BBB Secure Your ID Day — which will offer free document shredding and cell phone recycling — from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at Bridgeport Village, located off I-5 at exit 290, just 15 minutes south of downtown Portland, in the Orvis parking lot.

Drop off up to three bags or boxes per person to be securely destroyed on-site by Shred-It. Unwanted cell phones will be accepted as part of Verizon’s HopeLine, which wipes data and allocates devices to victims of domestic abuse.