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Document destruction event wraps up Consumer Protection Week

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Kansas Attorney General’s Office wrapped up a week of document shredding events on Saturday in an effort to help consumers protect themselves against identity theft.

The bureau has partnered with area credit unions to host document destruction events throughout Consumer Protection Week.

“It’s a week to recognize the ways in which we can help consumers protect their personal finances and their identity. So we’re offering advice, free financial advice training and this day of shredding as part as well,” said said Stephanie Mullholland, director of legislative affairs for Heartland. Association of Credit Unions.

“By helping people protect themselves against identity fraud, by getting rid of those documents that we don’t need at home, which may have social security numbers or any other personal identification number, we want to help people protect people as best they can.”

She said identity theft is on the rise in Kansas.

“We’ve seen an increase in identity theft during the pandemic related to unemployment fraud, so we’re just helping people stay ahead of the curve so they can protect themselves and their families.”

She said many personal documents can put Kansans at risk and proper disposal can offer a little less stress.

“Anything that contains someone’s personal information, whether it’s a mother’s maiden name, social security numbers, easy for identity fraudsters to grab and do the things we don’t want ‘they deal with it,’ she said.

“It’s a chance to destroy those documents and put them in a safe place so people don’t have to worry about them.”

Mullholland recommends shredding documents such as bank statements, medical bills, and anything with a social security number after you’ve finished using them.

Documents like tax returns must be kept for seven years before being shredded.

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