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For Immediate Release:
April 29, 2011
Contact: Jorge I. Montalvo
212-459-8885, 518-486-9846


Department of State Participates in Shred the Word in Rochester on May 10

ROCHESTER - The Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection will join with other organizations on Tuesday, May 10, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to help consumers prevent identity theft by shredding their paper documents containing personal information.

The Department of State is teaming up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Action for a Better Community, and Classified Shredding for the one-day event. Residents are encouraged to stop by to have their personal records shredded free of charge by trained and licensed professionals.

Shredding is a proven deterrent of identity theft, which can result when someone “dumpster dives” or sifts through the contents of your trash and then uses your personal information as their own. You can protect your identity by thoroughly destroying documents containing personal or sensitive data.  


WHO:             Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection, National Center for Missing
                    and Exploited Children, and Classified Shredding


WHEN:         Tuesday, May 10, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:        425 Paul Road, Rochester (4 miles west of Rochester Airport)

The New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection serves as the state’s top watchdog and think tank on a wide range of issues. Whether resolving consumer complaints, educating the public about product recalls, or representing consumers before public utilities and other state and federal agencies, Consumer Protection is committed to providing the public with information to make informed decisions.