Residents of Footscray and nearby suburbs are being encouraged to reduce their risk of falling victim to identity scams, by taking part in ShredFest.
A shredding truck will be available to shred documents you no longer need, such as old bank statements and credit card bills, which contain personal details that could be stolen and used in identity scams.
The truck will be located in the Footscray Library carpark, on Saturday 22 June, from 10.30 – 11.15am.
Shredding is free and there is no need to remove staples or clips from documents.
An identity scam involves someone else using your identity to steal money or gain other benefits. Scammers can access your private information through discarded personal documents such as utility bills, insurance, credit card statements or health records.
By properly shredding such documents when you no longer need them, you reduce the risk of a scammer getting hold of your personal information. You can also ask for your bills or statements to be sent to you electronically
If you suspect that your personal information has been stolen or misused to obtain a product or service or commit other crimes, act quickly. Notify the relevant organisation, such as your bank if you think your banking details have been stolen, as soon as possible. Also, report it to police.
Consumer Affairs Victoria is pleased to hold ShredFest in partnership with Maribyrnong City Council.
Victoria’s Minister for Consumer Affairs, Marlene Kairouz will be present on the day, as will media, to help get the word out about identity scams.
Location: Footscray Library car park, Paisley Street, Footscray
Date: Saturday, 22 June