DENVER - The Colorado Attorney General’s Office and AARP ElderWatch today hosted the second annual “Fight Fraud – Shred Instead” identity prevention effort at Windsor Gardens in Denver. This free event was held to provide Coloradans with a way to safely discard unwanted or outdated personal and financial documents.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. “With the success of last year’s effort, we decided to host the event again this year to give Coloradans another opportunity to discard outdated personal documents.”
Approximately one ton of documents were shredded in last year’s effort.
Shred-it, an on-site document destruction company, again provided trucks to help shred documents.All shredded documents will be recycled.
“This is a wonderful way to serve the community and celebrate the fifth anniversary of the launch of this unique partnership between the Colorado Attorney General and the AARP Foundation,” said AARP EdlerWatch Director Janice Friddle. “With the help of dedicated volunteers and partners, ElderWatch continues to serve as a model to the country for protecting older consumers.”
AARP ElderWatch volunteers were on-hand to assist with unloading boxes and transporting them to the trucks.Participants were given packets that included consumer protection information.