The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina has announced sponsors for its “Secure Your ID” Day event to be held on September 20.



[USPRwire, Thu Sep 18 2008] The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Eastern North Carolina announces sponsors for its “Secure Your ID” Day events to be held Sept. 20. Partnering nationally with BBB are: ProQuo (www.proquo.com), the National Association of Information Destruction (www.naidonline.org) and Equifax, Incorporated (www.equifax.com). Locally, Curtis Media (www.curtismedia.com) and Banyan Rock & Talent Wealth Strategists will sponsor the events that will help participants protect themselves against identity theft by disposing of information responsibly.

The free shredding events will take place at Ridgewood Shopping Center Center (3514 Wade Ave., Raleigh, NC 27607) and Falls River Town Center (1151 Falls River Ave., Raleigh, NC 27614) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders. At the events, BBB and other participating organizations will provide tips and resources to help protect your identity.

"Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in America with an estimated 8 million victims annually,” says Phil Zachary, president of Curtis Media. “NewsTalk 680 WPTF is pleased to once again sponsor 'Secure Your ID' Day in the hope we can save our listeners the headaches and personal losses attributable to this consumer fraud."

In 2007, 8.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $45 billion, according to a 2008 report from Javelin Strategy and Research. The report notes that the majority (56 percent) of ID theft occurs when the thief had direct contact with the victim’s personal information, through a stolen or lost wallet, rifling through a personal mailbox or trashcan, or even lifting documents from inside a home or business.

“Banyan Rock & Talent is proud to support BBB and its ‘Secure Your ID’ Day events,” says Michael Sterling, president and CEO of Banyan Rock & Talent. “With the threat of identity theft increasing, we encourage everyone to take part of these events and learn ways to be vigilant in protecting personal and financial information.”

For more information, visit www.easternnc.bbb.org/secureid.

About BBB of Eastern North Carolina:
The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina is a 501 (c)(6) not-for-profit corporation serving 33 counties in Eastern North Carolina. The organization is funded primarily by BBB Accredited Business fees from more than 3,200 local business and professional firms. The BBB promotes integrity, consumer confidence and business ethics through business self-regulation in the local marketplace. Services provided by the BBB include, reports on companies and charitable organizations, general monitoring of advertising in the marketplace, dispute resolution services, and consumer/business education programs. All services are provided at no cost to the public, with the occasional exception of mediation and arbitration. Visit bbb.org.

About Curtis Media:
The Curtis Media Group, through its wholly owned and affiliated companies, now operates North Carolina's largest network of stations. Over one million North Carolina citizens listen to one or more of the CMG stations each week. Since it's inception in the 1960's, Curtis Media Group has grown to own and operate 19 radio stations, two networks and four Internet companies with coverage stretching across the state of North Carolina from the Atlantic coast to the Tennessee border. Headed by Donald W. Curtis, the groups of companies include Carolina Media Group, Inc., Carolina Radio Group, Inc., Great American Media, Ltd. 1, Coastal Plains Media, Inc., New Age Communications, Ltd., Curtis Radio Group, Inc., and First State Communications, Inc. Visit www.curtismedia.com for more information.

About Banyan Rock & Talent:
Based in Raleigh, Banyan Rock & Talent is a collaboration of registered reps with FSC Securities Corporation. Founded in 1986 on the philosophy that strength, growth and the diversification of their client’s hard-earned money is made possible through knowledge, diligence and years of experience, Banyan Rock & Talent specializes in areas including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, variable annuities, retirement strategies, market timers, life insurance, disability insurance and applied real estate. All strategists are registered representatives offering securities through FSC Securities Corporation, a registered broker-dealer, and member of FINRA/SIPC. For further information, visit 3356 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27609, or call (919) 782-0033.

About Equifax:
Equifax empowers businesses and consumers with information they can trust. A global leader in information solutions, we leverage one of the largest sources of consumer and commercial data, along with advanced analytics and proprietary technology, to create customized insights that enrich both the performance of businesses and the lives of consumers.

Customers have trusted Equifax for over 100 years to deliver innovative solutions with the highest integrity and reliability. Businesses ??" large and small ??" rely on us for consumer and business credit intelligence, portfolio management, fraud detection, decisioning technology, marketing tools, and much more. We empower individual consumers to manage their personal credit information, protect their identity, and maximize their financial well-being.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Equifax Inc. employs approximately 7,000 people in 14 countries through North America, Latin America and Europe. Equifax is a member of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500® Index. Our common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EFX. www.equifax.com

About NAID®:
The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is the nonprofit trade organization of the secure destruction industry. With over 1,200 member locations, NAID members provide secure destruction services to business and government across North America.www.naidonline.org

About ProQuo:
ProQuo was founded to put consumers in control of their personal information, letting them decide if and how businesses use it. ProQuo helps consumers stop the junk mail they don’t want and get the offers they really do want. The company is led by pioneers in the online security and privacy arena and has served hundreds of thousands of consumers since launching in October 2007. www.proquo.com

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Company: Better Business Bureau of Eastern NC
Contact Name: Cindy Stranad
Contact Email: cindy@articulon.com
Contact Phone: (919) 232-5008

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