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Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Sheriff’s Office, along with AARP South Carolina and Shred Alert, is hosting a shred event on Friday, May 31, 2019, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. To help fight back against identity theft, the public is encouraged to bring up to three bags or boxes of your old personal information (staples & paperclips do not have to be removed) to a mobile shredding truck that will be located at the Horry County Government & Justice Center, 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway.
Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. Identity theft has become one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States.
One of the biggest ways to protect against identity theft is to shred personal information. Also, if you are traveling, have your mail held at your local post office or ask a trusting neighbor to collect your mail while you are away. You should check financial information regularly, paying special attention to what should and what shouldn’t be there.
For more information about identity theft and how to protect yourself, go to the United States Department of Justice website. For more information on the upcoming shred event, contact AARP South Carolina at 866.389.5655.
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