SALT LAKE CITY — Here's a chance to get some spring cleaning done. On Friday, the Utah Department of Commerce is sponsoring “Declutter Day” to help consumers protect their personal information by getting rid of unwanted documents and disposing of old electronic devices.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the University of Utah campus in the parking lot at 500 S. Guardsman Way.
By safely and securely shredding documents containing personal information, as well as recycling old computers and electronics, consumers can help protect themselves against fraud, said Francine Giani, executive director of the Utah Department of Commerce.
In addition, the public is invited to donate used clothing to charity to help declutter closets as well.
Identity theft used for financial fraud continues to be a common consumer complaint received by state agencies, Giani noted. The department is calling on residents to fight potential fraud by clearing out documents that may put them at risk, she said.
The Federal Trade Commission reported more than 369,000 complaints last year due to identity theft, with senior citizens among those most targeted by criminals for fraud and scams.
Holding on to sensitive documents or electronics may put a consumer at risk, Giani said. Fraudsters can use them to steal personal information, she added.
Examples of sensitive documents to shred include tax records beyond seven years, bank statements, pay stubs, credit card statements and 401(k)/IRA statements. Electronics such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets and cellphones may contain sensitive information that require secure recycling.
The event is free to the public but not open to businesses. For more information, visit www.commerce.utah.gov/declutter.