“Shred Fest 2016”

‘Spring Cleaning’ for tax and financial records


AARP Delaware and the YMCA of Delaware held a free event to provide secure destruction of personal financial records and other sensitive documents at Sussex Family YMCA (20080 Church Street, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971).

Given the fact that Delaware ranks 6th in the nation for fraudulent activity according to the Federal Trade Commission this kind of events help Delaware residents protect against identity theft.

AARP Delaware and the YMCA of Delaware were inviting local residents to do a post-tax filing season spring cleaning of their old tax, banking, investment and medical records, and bring these materials to “Shred Fest 2016,” where the documents were safely, securely and permanently destroyed.

The Federal Trade Commission reports that identity theft complaints increased by 47% last year. It is a common tactic of identity thieves to search through dumpsters and other trash receptacles to obtain sensitive personal information.

Attended the event Dan Daly (Attorney General Div. of Consumer Protection) and Mike Hoy (from Delmarva Power Community Affairs).

AARP is sponsoring nearly 90 other similar “Shred Fest 2016” events in communities nationwide.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Consumers lining up to drop off their documents for shredding in the commercial shredders were helped by local AARP volunteers staffing who lead the shredding operation.