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Shredding is Key to Preventing Identity Theft

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Better Business Bureau says you should never throw away anything that has your personal information on it.

They recommend shredding salary stubs after you've received your end-of-year W-2.  You can shred ATM, debit and credit receipts after you've reviewed your monthly statements.  Utility statements should be shredded after your next bill arrives, showing you paid the previous month.

Canceled checks and investment documents should be kept for seven years, in case you're audited by the IRS.  Credit card contracts and loan agreements should be kept as long as you have the account.

Norma Miller, a business relations representative with BBB, says, "Dumpster diving is one of the ways identity thieves get your information.  They can do a lot of damage with just your driver's license.  They can open up accounts, all kinds of things."

If you don't have a shredder at home, or need to shred things like computer disks or credit cards, you can take three bags of papers to the Kennewick Target from 10 am to 2pm Saturday, April 21st.

In Ellensburg, "Shred Day" is being held at Super 1 Foods on Saturday, April 28th.  The event goes from 10 am to 2 pm.