Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo and Better Business Bureau Offer “Free Shred Day” in Louisville and Frankfort on Wednesday

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 09, 2007  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  


In an ongoing effort to crack down on consumer identity theft across the state, Attorney General Greg Stumbo and the Better Business Bureaus of Central & Eastern Kentucky and Louisville, Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky today announced free document shredding available from 10a.m. – 4p.m. in Louisville and Frankfort, Kentucky on Wednesday, April 11, 2007.

A press conference to kick off “Free Shred Day” will take place in Frankfort on Wednesday, the 11th, at 10a.m. at Home Depot, located on Highway 127 off Exit 53B from Interstate 64. A mobile shred truck will be stationed in the parking lot of Home Depot. The Louisville shredding location is the Office of the Attorney General on U of L’s Shelby Campus, 8911 Shelbyville Road. A mobile shred truck will be in the parking lot outside the Louisville Office of the Attorney General.

“Identity theft continues to be the fastest growing white collar crime in the nation,” said Attorney General Greg Stumbo. “‘Free Shred Day’ is a great opportunity for people to shred documents that contain personal identifying information such as bank account numbers, social security numbers, birth dates, pin numbers, etc. Identity thieves use a variety of methods to steal personal information. One of the most common techniques continues to be dumpster diving where they rummage through trash looking for bills or other paper with personal information on it. Consumers can safeguard that information by shredding it before they throw it away. Shred it and forget it.” The Attorney General recommends individuals contact their tax preparer or attorney to determine how long they should retain particular information.

The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 10 million American consumers have been victimized by ID theft at the cost of $53 billion annually. According to the FTC, it takes each victim an average of 30-60 hours to resolve issues resulting from identity theft.

"Identity theft is a major concern of residents in our BBB's 64-county service area," said Neil Kingery, President & CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central & Eastern Kentucky. "Shredding documents containing personal information before throwing them out is one of the many tips we offer when they ask for advice on preventing ID theft. Our BBB is happy to take part in ‘Free Shred Day’ to emphasize the importance of destroying personal information before disposing of it to help in the fight against ID theft."

“The BBB is proud to join with the Attorney General’s office for this important effort to curtail ID Theft,” said Charles B. Mattingly, President & CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Louisville, Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky. “The BBB sees the consequences of identity theft every single day. Some calls come from people concerned their credit card information has been stolen. Other times, we hear from people who are on the verge of getting involved with re-shipping scams used by the identity thieves to get their fraudulently-purchased merchandise shipped overseas. These crimes can be almost as devastating to victims as violent attacks. We encourage consumers to take advantage of this ‘Free Shred Day’ as one way to reduce identity theft.”

“We appreciate the participation of Home Depot and Iron Mountain Shredding Company,” Attorney General Stumbo added. “It takes good corporate citizens stepping up to the plate to make services such as free shredding available to the public.”

Shredding is limited to two large boxes, or approximately 50 pounds. Representatives from the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection and the BBB will be on hand at both shredding locations to answer consumer questions. Victims of identity theft are encouraged to obtain an “ID Theft Victims Kit” from the Office of the Attorney General by contacting the Office at 1-888-432-9257 or obtaining it online at http://ag.ky.gov/consumer/