Germantown, MD - According to the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2012, 16.6 million people were victims of identity theft.  In an effort to help members of the community better protect themselves from identity theft, Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union (MAFCU) will include the destruction of digital and electronic media to its Annual Community Paper Shredding Events.  On Saturday, April 12 and Saturday, May 10, participants can bring sensitive paper documents, as well as hard drives, laptops, flash drives, and other data carrying devices to be destroyed free of charge at local MAFCU branches.  
 
“In recent years, thieves and hackers have become extremely sophisticated in how they go about stealing private information.  For victims of identity theft, the financial effects can be devastating.  We hope that by providing this additional service at our annual shredding event, we can offer the community a convenient way to help protect themselves from identity thieves and safely dispose of all their sensitive material,” said Marc Wilensky, Vice President of Marketing.  At this event, all paper, electronic, and digital materials will be destroyed by Office Paper Systems ( www.opsus.com), a NAID certified organization.  Digital media destruction will take place offsite in a secured location.  For additional protection, participants are reminded to delete all data and files from digital and electronic devices prior to shredding or recycling.  All paper documents will be accepted.  TVs and monitors will not be accepted at this event.

MAFCU’s Annual Paper Shredding Events

Saturday, April 12
10AM - 1PM
MAFCU Branch - Silver Spring
11140 New Hampshire Ave Silver Spring, MD 20904

Saturday, May 10
10AM – 1 PM
MAFCU Branch – Germantown
12820 Wisteria Drive Germantown, MD 20874 

Acceptable Digital Media for Shredding
• Hard Drives and External Hard Drives
• Flash Memory (USB Flash Drives or Keys)
• Optical Storage (CDs, CDRs, DVDs and more)
• Floppy Disks (8-inch, 5¼-inch, and 3½-inch)
• Magnetic Tape (Back-up Tapes, VHS, Cassettes and Cartridges)
• ID Badges, Credit/Debit/Store Cards
• X-rays

Acceptable Electronic Media for Recycling
• Flash Memory (Cell Phones, PDA’s)
• Battery Backup, Power Strips, Surge Protectors
• Desktop Printer/Scanner/Copier
• Laptops, Computer Towers, Mice, Keyboards, Speakers
• Wiring (USB, Coaxial, CAT5, CAT6, NM/NM-B, HDMI and more)

For more information on this event, go to  www.mafcu,org.

About MAFCU: Based in Germantown, Md., Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union (MAFCU) is a not-for-profit institution managed for the sole benefit of its members, and offers many financial services at better rates and fees. Profits are returned to MAFCU members in the form of higher savings rates, lower loan rates, and lower fees.  MAFCU currently has over 25,000 members and over $270 million in assets. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, volunteers or attends school in Montgomery Country, Maryland. For more information, please visit  www.mafcu.org, email mafcu@mafcu.org or call: (301) 944-1800.
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