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Free document shredding set for Saturday morning

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - A free document shredding event takes place Saturday morning in Fort Wayne.

The Better Business Bureau is sponsoring the "Shred Day," happening at the parking lot outside of Afdent, located at 4041 Parnell Ave.

It begins and 9 a.m. and is expected to conclude at noon (though it may end early if the truck fills to capacity).

People are encouraged to bring old tax and bank records, ATM receipts and other documents with sensitive information.

The records will be disposed of securely.

For those able to make a donation, a $5 contribution is suggested.

In addition to shredding documents with sensitive personal data, the BBB offers the following tips to protect you and your family from identity thieves.

Look for unexpected or unexplained withdrawals, charges and accounts. Review your bank, credit card, and other financial statements regularly when they become available. Keep track of when your bills are due. If you see activity you don't recognize or stop receiving bills, statements, or other communication unexpectedly, that can be a red flag. This can happen when a scammer changes the address associated with your bank, card, or other services. Follow up on missing bills or strange charges immediately. Consider setting up alerts on your accounts so you are notified whenever a transaction is made.

Check your credit reports for unauthorized inquiries or accounts. You can check your credit report, for free, with each of the major credit bureaus once per year at AnnualCreditReport.com. That is the only free credit reporting service authorized by the Federal Trade Commission. If you space those checks throughout the year, you can catch any strange activity before it spirals out of control.

Practice good digital security. Use strong passwords and change them regularly. Make sure you don't use the same passwords for multiple online accounts. Avoid common passwords and security questions, like your child's name, birth date, the last four digits of your social security number, pet names, first car or hometown. Much of that information could be gathered from your (or a friend's) social media.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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