Tips to Avoid COVID Vaccine Scams & Hillsborough County’s Shred Fest 2021

Eric Olsen, Hillsborough County’s Division Director for Consumer Protection, joined AM Tampa Bay to discuss tips for people to avoid COVID vaccine scams and Shred Fest 2021.

As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Hillsborough County Consumer & Veterans Services wants to help residents avoid identity theft by safely destroying dated, sensitive information at the annual Shred Fest 2021.

The event will be held from 9 – 11 a.m. March 6 at Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. 301 N. in Tampa.

Residents can drop off their old cellphones, personal computers, laptops, tablets, and hard drives to be securely destroyed by an industry-approved and certified recycler.

Documents that will be accepted for shredding include:

  • Old bank documents
  • Old tax records (the Internal Revenue Service offers guidelines on how long to keep tax records)
  • Unnecessary bills and receipts
  • Unnecessary medical records containing personal information
  • Expired home and car insurance policies
  • Junk mail such as credit card offers with personal information, including name and address
  • Old travel documents, including boarding passes
  • Sticky notes or other notes containing passwords
  • CDs and DVDs (no three-ring binders permitted)

For more information about Shred Fest 2021, call (813) 635-8316 or click here

(Hillsborough County)

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