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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2007
RADIO: Shred for Safety April 28: Public can meet with experts and shred for free

OLYMPIA – Washington’s Law Enforcement Group Against Identity Theft, better known as LEGIT, is organizing a statewide free shred-a-thon with events at 29 locations on April 28. Please join the fight against identity theft by promoting the shred-a-thon in your community. The following sound files can be incorporated into local public service announcements or edited to meet your news reporting needs:

PSA 1
Introduction by Rob McKenna (24 seconds):
I’m Attorney General Rob McKenna. Each year, more than 5,000 Washington residents become identity theft victims. Prevention is the strongest armor. The Attorney General’s Office and law enforcement want to build a statewide army of smart consumers and businesses. Events like LEGIT’s shred-a-thon aim to equip Washington residents with the knowledge needed to defend themselves. Together, we can shred identity theft to bits.

Your Announcer:  LEGIT is hosting a statewide shred-a-thon. Drop by between 10 and 2 at ______________.  (See list for location(s) in your community.) Bring up to three grocery bags full of old bills, receipts and other documents to be destroyed – for free. And learn from experts how to lock up your identity. Details are on (your station’s Web site).

(Include link towww.atg.wa.gov/shredathon.aspxfrom your station’s site.)

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PSA 2
Introduction by Susan Storey (27 seconds):
Hi. I’m Susan Storey, Chair of LEGIT, Washington’s Law Enforcement Group Against Identity Theft. Identity thieves rifle through trash, cars and mailboxes in search of checks, bank statements and bills. They later use personal information from those documents to steal money from your accounts or open new credit cards. Both homeowners and businesses are at risk. Shred sensitive documents. Don’t just toss them.

Your Announcer:  LEGIT is hosting a statewide shred-a-thon. Drop by between 10 and 2 at ______________.  (See list for location(s) in your community.) Bring up to three grocery bags full of old bills, receipts and other documents to be destroyed – for free. And learn from experts how to lock up your identity. Details are on (your station’s Web site).

(Include link towww.atg.wa.gov/shredathon.aspxfrom your station’s site.)

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PSA 3
Introduction by Susan Storey (30 seconds):
Hi. I’m Susan Storey, Chair of LEGIT, Washington’s Law Enforcement Group Against Identity Theft. Like personal trainers who remind, challenge and motivate you to take good care of yourself, LEGIT wants to remind, challenge and motivate you to secure your identity. We want consumers and businesses to develop habits for protecting personal information that become second nature, like locking your front door, wearing a seatbelt, and putting out a campfire.

Your Announcer:  LEGIT is hosting a statewide shred-a-thon. Drop by between 10 and 2 at ______________.  (See list for location(s) in your community.) Bring up to three grocery bags full of old bills, receipts and other documents to be destroyed – for free. And learn from experts how to lock up your identity. Details are on (your station’s Web site).

(Include link towww.atg.wa.gov/shredathon.aspxfrom your station’s site.)

 


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Media Contact: Kristin Alexander, Attorney General’s Office, (206) 464-6432

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