DENVER – The Colorado Attorney General’s Office and AARP ElderWatch today hosted the state’s first “Fight Fraud – Shred Instead” identity prevention effort in Denver. This free event was held to provide Coloradans and their families a way to safely discard no longer needed or outdated personal and financial documents.
“Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. Each year, thousands of Colorado citizens and businesses lose millions of dollars to identity theft,” said Attorney General Suthers. “This event is an opportunity to reach out to the community and help Coloradans discard outdated personal documents.”
Shred-it, an on site document destruction company, provided two trucks to help shred documents. All documents shredded that day will be recycled. Windsor Gardens generously donated their facility for the event.
“All citizens must realize the importance of safely discarding no longer needed documents that contain personal identifying information. Shredding those documents is a significant step towards preventing identity theft,” said Janice L. Friddle, AARP ElderWatch Director.
AARP ElderWatch volunteers were on hand to assist with unloading boxes and transporting them to the trucks. Participants were given packets including consumer protection information.
AARP ElderWatch is a project of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and the AARP Foundation.