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Attorney General's Office and BBB Partner with Cintas and Lowes to Offer Free Shred Day in Lexington

Thursday, 05 16, 2013

Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central and Eastern Kentucky, CINTAS Corporation and Lowes Home Improvement are teaming up to offer a free "Shred Day" for Lexington residents on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Lowe's, 2300 Greg Lag Way in the Hamburg Pavilion from 9 a.m. to noon.

"Approximately 15 million Americans have their identities used fraudulently each year with financial losses exceeding $50 billion," General Conway said. "By shredding any documents that contain bank account numbers, credit card information, Social Security numbers, birth dates, pin numbers or even old tax returns, you can prevent this information from falling into the hands of criminals."

Members of General Conway's Office of Consumer Protection will be available during the shredding event to answer questions related to identity theft, scams and other consumer protection issues.

As one of the fastest-growing crimes in America, the BBB says it is more important than ever to protect yourself against identity theft.

"We are pleased to again partner with the Attorney General's Office to offer this valuable opportunity for the public to help protect their identity by securely disposing of unneeded sensitive documents," said Jack Frank, BBB of Central & Eastern Kentucky President & CEO. "We appreciate our BBB Accredited Business, Cintas, for making this free event possible. We also want to thank BBB Accredited Business Lowes Home Improvement for providing the location."

The public may bring documents to be shredded by on-site, certified Cintas employees during the free event. Documents will be constantly monitored and protected. A strict five box limit will be enforced to reduce waiting times (no businesses please). Paper clips and rubber bands are permitted but Cintas cannot accept CDs, binders, electronics, pharmaceutical bottles or other media.

For more information on how to protect yourself against identity theft, please visit http://ag.ky.gov/civil/consumerprotection/idtheft/ or the BBB's website at http://bluegrass.bbb.org/ .