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Portland 'Secure Your ID Day' Provides Free Shredding Services - 04/22/19

NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific

Danielle Kane, Portland Marketplace Manager | 503-833-2301

Tracy Vedder, Director of Communications | 208-519-6922

 

Portland ‘Secure Your ID Day’ Provides Free Shredding Services

$905 million in national fraud losses for 2017

 

Portland, OR – April 22, 2019 On Saturday, April 27, Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific will sponsor the Spring Secure Your ID Day Event at the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office from 10 am to 2 pm. This consumer protection event is free to the public in an effort to encourage the safe shredding of personal documents and disposal of RX drugs.

Portland’s Office of Community & Civic Life, the U.S. Justice Department and the Sunshine Division are also sponsoring. Shredding trucks will take up to 2 boxes or bags of documents per person.

Shredding documents that contain personally identifiable information is an important step to protect against identity theft and various types of fraud. Nationally, consumers reported losing $905 million to fraud in 2017 – a 22% increase from the previous year – according to the Identity Theft Resource Center Data Breach Report, released in early 2019

In 2017 in Oregon, 3,714 consumers filed ID Theft complaints with the Federal Trade Commission. Oregon was also ranked number one for online shopping fraud. Online scams are one of many types of fraud that con-artists can execute using consumers’ personal information – such as a credit-card statement that was not shredded.

To ensure consumers know what to shred and when, here is a look at BBB’s shred schedule:

  • Documents to shred immediately: sales receipts, ATM receipts, credit offers, canceled checks, expired warranties and junk mail.
  • Keep for up to 1 year: Pay stubs, bank statements, paid, undisputed medical bills and paid bills.
  • Keep for 7 years: tax-related receipts, tax-related canceled checks, W-2s and records for tax deductions taken.
  • Keep while active: most contractors, auto titles, home deeds, disputed medical bills, home improvement receipts, insurance documents and records of pensions and retirement plans.
  • Keep permanently: birth certificates, social security cards, marriage certificate, divorce decree, citizenship papers, adoption papers, death certifications, tax returns and wills.

Additional event detail are as follows:

Address: 4735 E. Burnside St.

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

Electronics accepted: No

Donations accepted: Yes

 

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ABOUT BBB:?For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands,?and?charities they can trust. In 2017, people turned to BBB more than 160 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at?bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada,?and?Mexico, including BBB Northwest & Pacific, which serves more than 15 million consumers in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Hawaii and Western Wyoming.

 

 

BBB Warning: Outdoor Equipment Company Gets "F" Rating - 03/29/19

NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific

Danielle Kane, Portland Marketplace Manager | 503-833-2301

Tracy Vedder, Director of Communications | 208-519-6922

 

BBB Warning: Outdoor Equipment Company Gets “F” Rating

Oregon Consumers Lose Money to Online Store

 

Portland, OR – March 29, 2019 – Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific is warning consumers about Gearow.com, an online store that claims to be operating out of Buffalo, New York. Gearow appears to specialize in outdoor equipment and accessories.

Consumers across the United States, including Oregon, report placing orders with the site, and never receiving the items or any form of correspondence. There are complaints from 40 out of the 50 states.

One consumer from Hillsboro, OR, lost money to Gearow after placing an order on the online store. After receiving an initial email confirming his purchase, he never received the item. After 3 weeks, he tried to follow up. In January 2019, he filed a complaint with BBB.

“Needless to say, all of their contact information is fake or does not work,” he said.

This Hillsboro-based consumer is willing to talk to media.  

BBB NW+P also identified three other Oregon victims who recently lost money to Gearow after never receiving their orders.

After many customers filed complaints, BBB of Upstate New York investigated in December 2018. The BBB investigation discovered that all of the phone numbers associated with the company were disconnected and that the address listed on the website is that of a storage facility in Buffalo.

However, as of March 2019, the website is still active.

Consumer complaints also included receiving fake tracking numbers and having to wait months for any type of package. Those who did eventually receive their order, determined the packages were actually coming from overseas, based on the postage.

Because of the complaint activity, the company has an F rating with BBB. There are also 47 customer reviews for the company (all one-star reviews), and ten reports to BBB Scam Tracker.

Because of the personal information consumers need to enter when shopping online, interacting with a phony and/or fraudulent website such as this one could lead to identity theft in worst-case scenarios. BBB NW+P encourages consumers to follow these tips: BBB.org/shoppingonline

 

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ABOUT BBB:?For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands,?and?charities they can trust. In 2017, people turned to BBB more than 160 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at?bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada,?and?Mexico, including BBB Northwest & Pacific, which serves more than 15 million consumers in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Hawaii and Western Wyoming.