New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel kicked off the 2015 Shred Day event series in front of the Union Settlement Association in East Harlem on Monday.
In a 2014 report, AARP New York found that identity theft or credit card fraud had impacted roughly one-fifth to one-fourth of 50+ voters in New York City.
In response to high demand, the partnership between the Comptroller’s office and AARP New York—now in its second year—will nearly double the number of Shred Day Events throughout the city
“Identity theft is a very real threat – it can leave unknowing victims in a deep financial hole, and completely destabilize lives and plans for retirement,” Stringer said. “We have to protect our seniors, who are at an even higher risk because they exchange personal and financial information frequently with known targets such as medical offices.”
The events will take place in Flushing, Queens at Bowne Park on May 20, Soundview in the Bronx on May 23, Penn South Towers in Manhattan on June 3 and the Tides on Staten Island on June 4.
Go to www.aarp.org/nyc for more information.