Consumer Protection Week features Free Shredding Events

Consumer protection is the focus this week, thanks to a collaboration between 75 federal, state and local agencies, consumer groups, and national organizations.

National Consumer Protection Week runs Sunday through Saturday, focusing on how can all be safer consumers. Such attention is more necessary than ever, thanks to increasingly-sophisticated criminals that seek to separate us from our money.

Now in its 16th year, NCPW “encourages American consumers to learn about their rights in the marketplace and to recognize and report scams, identity theft, and unfair business practices,” according to the Federal Trade Commission, one of the cooperating agencies.

Here in Mississippi, various agencies are getting together to hold Community Shred Days on Friday and Saturday at six Mississippi Locations including Jackson, Tupelo, Meridian, Vicksburg, Hattiesburg and D’Iberville.

“The best way to protect your identity from thieves is to shred private information,” Attorney General Jim Hood said in a news release. “Each year, our office partners with businesses around the state to offer this service to Mississippians. You are invited to bring up to 5 bags ‘or boxes’ of your sensitive documents to be shredded for FREE. Carefully check all of your bags or boxes to insure there are no foreign objects.”

This year, there is an added benefit: recycling of old computer equipment. Shred Day partners have joined with Magnolia Data Solutions to destroy your old equipment containing sensitive data for free at the Jackson Shred Day location only.

You may bring old computers, laptops, cell phones, printers, CDs, floppy disks, flash drives, tablets/iPads, copiers, home phones, radios, cables, wires, components, MP3 players, gaming systems, anything with a cord or battery, etc., according to Hood. However, anything with glass, such as TV’s or monitors, will not be accepted.

At other locations, visitors will be provided with cards to allow consumers a one time opportunity to bring their items to Magnolia Data Solutions for disposal. The card expires one year from the event.

For details and locations, visit www.agjimhood.com.

(Originally published by the Clarion-Ledger on 3/1/14.)

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