Caisse Desjardins to hold third annual shredding day to combat identity theft
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Representatives from the Caisse Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the Sûreté du Québec de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and Iron Mountain at a press conference on Wednesday, April 25, to announce the Third Annual Shredding Day to prevent identity theft that will be held by the Caisse Desjardins on Saturday, May 12.
In its continuous effort to combat identity theft throughout the region, the Caisse Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges announced it will hold its third annual free document shredding service at three of its branches Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The announcement was made during a press conference April 25 attended by Caisse Desjardins Director General Gilles Brassard, Caisse Desjardins President Pauline Thauvette-Leroux, Director of Communications and Community Life Richard Dubois, Captain Marc Robert of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and Steve St-Jean, Transportation Manager, Eastern Canada, Secure Shredding Service for Iron Mountain, the company that will provide the shredding trucks.
$6.5 million annual loss
“We are proud to be participating with our partners for our third time to help prevent identity theft,” said Robert. “This is a great opportunity for all of us to sensitize our population to the importance of prevention and to inform people of all the methods thieves and fraudsters use to steal people’s identities.”
Robert was unable to provide exact figures on how many of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges residents have had their identities stolen but said it is a problem that represents a regional loss of $6.5 million through the use of various fraudulent tactics. He encouraged anyone who has become a victim to report the matter to the SQ who will launch an investigation, even if people feel afraid or embarrassed.
The shredding event will be coordinated by representatives from the SQ who will pass on information on the best practices to take to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. Caisse Desjardins employees will also distribute protective envelopes for contactless smart cards.
Always shred personal documents
Thousands of people unknowingly become victims of identity theft every year. Identity thieves steal personal information in many ways and people should always exercise caution when disposing of personal documents such as credit card statements and old income tax returns.
If documents are thrown directly into the garbage or a recycling bin without being shredded, they can be easily retrieved by anyone who may rummage through the containers. Fraudsters will then be able to use the stolen identities to perpetrate financial crimes that are costly for their victims.
Documents include credit card and financing offers, insurance forms, personal cheques, income tax returns, receipts, invoices, account statements and other documents that contain a person’s name, date-of-birth, address, credit card number and social insurance number.
10,000 kg of documents destroyed
In the past two years when the service was first introduced by Caisse Desjardins, more than 10,000 kg of documents have been destroyed by Iron Mountain’s shredders.
Everyone who takes part in the event will be eligible to participate in a draw for a $200 personal shredder at each of the three shredding stations, under the Desjardins Member Benefits program.
The shredding service will be available at three Caisse Desjardins Service Centres – 3200 boulevard de la Gare in Vaudreuil-Dorion; 100 boulevard Don-Quichotte in L’Île-Perrot; and 20 rue Principale in Coteau-du-Lac.