Shred Day set for Friday in Hattiesburg

Attorney General Jim Hood will host the 11th annual Community Shred Days this week in Hattiesburg, Jackson, and D’Iberville. Hood encourages Mississippi consumers to take advantage of an opportunity to better protect themselves from becoming victims of identity theft.

 The Attorney General’s Office and partner organizations will be in Hattiesburg and Jackson on Friday, March 10, and in D’Iberville on Saturday, March 11. The annual event coincides with National Consumer Protection Week.

In Hattiesburg, they’ll be set up from 8 a.m. until noon at the WalMart SuperCenter on Hwy. 98 West. They will be there until noon or until the truck is full at that specific location.

“Identity theft is a widespread and serious crime. It is vitally important to destroy documents that contain any information that would make it easy for a criminal to steal your identity such as Social Security numbers, account numbers or other sensitive data,” Attorney General Hood said. “Shred days are intended to raise community awareness to the risks of identity theft and to provide Mississippians free access to document shredding.”

 Mississippi consumers may bring up to three bags or boxes of documents to be shredded at no charge. Shredding will be provided by Iron Mountain and Premiere shredding companies. This is a consumer service, and is first-come, first-served. Businesses are not eligible. A shredding truck will remain at each location until the truck is full or the scheduled end time, whichever occurs first.

Hood reminds consumers that simple things, such as taking out the garbage, can expose them to identity theft. Consumers should shred receipts, pre-approved credit offers or convenience checks that haven’t been used. Identity thieves won’t hesitate for a second to rummage through the trash.

“Since we began this partnership, we have helped Mississippi consumers shred over 511,350 pounds of paper containing personal information,” said Hood.