Shred Day Event Helps Public Fight Identity Theft

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ELIZABETH— To help kick-off this year’s National Consumer Protection Week, local officials from the United States Postal Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service will be helping residents safely dispose of unwanted records and documents at a free public Shred Day on Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jersey Gardens Mall at 651 Kapkowski Road in Elizabeth.

“Local residents can safely dispose of their unwanted personal documents and learn a lot about fraud prevention at our Shred Day event,” emphasizes Elizabeth Postmaster Dennis Allocco. “I hope the community comes out on Saturday, March 5 to take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

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Law enforcement experts agree that shredding personal documents prior to recycling helps guard against identity theft. The Shred Day event will also feature a fraud prevention information booth, consumer education brochures, free give-aways, and a high-tech Law Enforcement Command Vehicle on display from the Postal Inspection Service.

National Consumer Protection Week is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. The United States Postal Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are joining with other federal, state, law enforcement, local government agencies and national consumer advocacy organizations to support the 13th annual National Consumer Protection Week March 6-12.

“Shred Day is a great way to kick-off National Consumer Protection Week and shine a spotlight on identity theft and other scams,” emphasizes U.S. Postal Inspector David Arias. “Our goal is educate consumers and raise awareness of how to combat fraud.”


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