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Monday, April 13, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans are urged to protect themselves from identity theft by shredding important documents at a free event. The Tax Day shredding event will be held April 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at KJRH-TV, located at 3701 S. Peoria in Tulsa. The Oklahoma Insurance Department is co-hosting the event with AARP and KJRH-TV.
“Identity theft is a growing problem,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “Here at the Oklahoma Insurance Department, we’ve seen seniors fall victim to the crime after their Medicare number was stolen. That’s why it is so important to protect your personal information and shred any document that might put your financial well-being in jeopardy.”
Consumers are encouraged to destroy documents with credit card or bank account information, preapproved credit card offers, canceled credit cards and checks and old pay stubs. Consumers should hold on to insurance policies and home inventories and keep them in a safe deposit box.
A recent national survey released by the AARP Fraud Watch Network revealed three common mistakes that make personal information vulnerable to scammers:
A maximum of four boxes or two bags of personal documents per vehicle will be accepted at the event.
About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.
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