As a kickoff to Identity Theft Awareness Month, the Butler County Crimes Against the Elderly Task Force is partnering with LifeSpan to host a shredding event Saturday.
From 9 a.m. to noon residents can bring confidential, personal, or sensitive, documents to LifeSpan, 1900 Fairgrove Ave., in Hamilton, where they will be shredded by Cintas employees.
In addition to the shredding, there will be informational booths plus two discussions on identity theft. At 10 a.m. Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser will talk about scams targeting county residents, particularly those over the age of 65.
Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford will discuss efforts legislators are making through House Bill 49 – the Ohio Elder Justice Act – to protect the elderly from financial exploitation and abuse.
“Bringing awareness of how identity thieves work is an important part of the message we try to bring to senior citizens,’’ Gmoser said. “Thieves have found new ways to steal money as technology has developed and our most elderly population is often not aware how easy they can be to target.”
Residents can bring up to three medium sized boxes per vehicle to the event for shredding.