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En-ni Chi

Assistant Buyer, Computing & Printing

Protect yourself against identity fraud

Time to shred the evidence

Every day we all deal with vast amounts of information which contain private and confidential information about ourselves, such as bills and credit card statements. You may not think that an old bill is worth anything, but to fraudsters discarded information like this could be worth a fortune as it can help them steal your identity.

Fraudsters pay people to go through the rubbish you throw out, looking for bank and credit card statements, pre-approved credit offers and tax information. Everyday information that you may not think is important such as old gas, electricity and telephone bills, insurance documents, bank statements and even personal letters carry valuable personal information that can be gathered together to steal an identity.

Identity fraud costs the UK economy more than £1billion every year. Research conducted by Fellowes (a global manufacturer of business machines and office accessories) showed that while 94% of people in Britain consider themselves to be at risk from ID Fraud, only 1 in 4 of us admit to not shredding high risk information before putting it into domestic refuse.

The best way to dispose of confidential paper or sensitive information securely is by using a good cross-cut shredder. By simply shredding bank statements, credit card receipts and anything you wouldn't want to fall into the hands of a stranger, you can significantly reduce your chances of becoming a victim.

If you're looking to buy a paper shredder for your home or home office you've come to the right place. As I write this the tax year-end is approaching, so if you've been doing a bit of a paperwork sort-out, then now's a good time to invest in a shredder to help keep your identity safe.

The first Fellowes branded shredder was launched in 1990. They offer high security cross-cut shredding for personal use and include features such as SafetyLock, which disables the shredder to prevent accidental activation, and also shred credit cards, staples and paperclips, making the shredding process safe and easy.