Overlooking the Obvious?

We think we know what we need to do to prevent identity theft. But a customer’s personal data appears on so many documents that we may overlook the risk inherent in not shredding every document that contains personal identification. For the record, all documents containing names, Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, or snail/e-mail addresses must be shredded to fully protect the customer.

Here’s a listing of some business records that span a variety of businesses:

•  Address labels from junk mail and magazines
•  ATM receipts
•  Bank statements
•  Canceled and voided checks
•  Credit and charge card bills, carbon copies, summaries, and receipts
•  Credit reports and histories
•  Documents containing passwords or PIN numbers
•  Driver’s licenses or items with a driver’s license number
•  Employee pay stubs
•  Employment records
•  Expired passports and visas
•  Identification cards (college IDs, state IDs, employee ID badges, military IDs) – unlaminated
•  Investment, stock, and property transactions
•  Items with a signature (leases, contracts, letters)
•  Luggage tags
•  Medical and dental records
•  Pre-approved credit card applications
•  Receipts with checking account numbers
•  Report cards
•  Resumés or curriculum vitae
•  Tax forms
•  Transcripts
•  Travel itineraries
•  Used airline tickets
•  Utility bills (telephone, gas, electric, water, cable TV, internet)

Posted: October 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm