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Shred360 celebrates its 11th Birthday this year!  We need “YOU” to help us celebrate by creating a new 11 Year Birthday logo for us to use.  Be Creative!  You never know where you may see this logo…you might even see it on one of our shred trucks! Who:       You!  All students K-12 are eligible […]

Shred360 Collecting for Harvest Hope Food Bank Again!

Encouraged by the tremendous successes of this year’s earlier donation drives for Harvest Hope, Shred360 is proud to announce another shred day/donation drive in September to benefit the hungry throughout the Midlands.

On Thursday, September 12th, Shred360 will be providing a free Shred Day in the Walmart parking lot, 10060 Two Notch Rd., in Columbia. At that time, collections of non-perishable items like canned and boxed foods will be collected (in addition to cash donations) for Harvest Hope. The Shred Day/Donation collection ranges from 9 am – 12 pm and picks back up again at 2 pm – 4pm. You can get more details, share the event on social media and find directions by clicking the link below.

For those of you who don’t know, Harvest Hope Food Bank is a multi-location not-for-profit organization with the mission to provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education.

Shred Day with Seras Records

Earlier this year we told you that our former Operations Manager, Harry Hoppmann, left Shred360 to start a company of his own, Seras Records. The team from Shred360 and Harry will be together once again for a shred day and a chance to introduce Seras’ scanning and records-keeping solutions.

Come see the band back together in Rock Hill, Tuesday, September 3!

Shred 360 Back-To-School Supplies Drive A Big Success!

The Shred360 team decided early this year to take on and partner with organizations and challenges that really needed help and that the team could really identify with. One of those challenges was the need for school supplies by less fortunate children and under-funded schools in the Midlands. As a result, Shred360 partnered with The UPS Store of Irmo and Radius Church of Lexington in August to collect school supplies. We’re happy to report that the efforts paid off – we collected over ten (10) boxes of notebooks, pencils, pens and backpacks for area schools and children!

Thank you! we could not have done this without the help of our great customers and friends – you deserve the credit for this wonderful kindness.

 

Michael O’Hara Named Director of Operations

Michael O’Hara was named Director of Operations for Shred360. In this role, Michael will coordinate and manage all the day-to-day logistics of Shred360, including route scheduling. Michael assumes the position previously held by 5-year Shred360 veteran, Harry Hoppmann. Before being named Director of Operations, Michael was involved in route support, customer service and community shred days.

Michael is from the Simpsonville area in the Upstate of SC, and has a background in sales and management. He is a graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, where he was a standout baseball player. Michael is married and has two daughters.

Shred360 welcomes Michael to the management team.

 

Shred360 Partnering with Local Businesses for Collection of Back to School Supplies!

August, for those with school-age children, marks the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. Unfortunately, for many of those parents, the cost of buying school supplies is just too high. With continuing budget cuts, many schools, too, cannot offer supplies for students, and so the burden is passed to the teachers, who must stock their classrooms with supplies.

Many of the folks that make the Shred360 team are parents and want to make sure ALL students get what they need for school. With properly supplied children and classrooms, children can fully concentrate on their studies and reach their full potential.

With our mission realized, Shred360 is partnering with two local organizations to help collect supplies for children and schools in the Midlands. On August 15, we will be with the UPS Store on St. Andrews Rd. and on August 21, we will be with the Radius Church in Lexington. Full details can be found at our web site, but basic supplies needed are: pencils (not mechanical), backpack style bookbags (not rolling bags), pocket folders, notebook paper, binders/trapper keepers, and highlighters. We will be providing free shred days at those locations those days, so bring stuff to shred AND stuff to give!

For those people and businesses not in the Midlands area, please talk with your Shred360 CSR about how to get supplies to us.

Thank you!

A Note on the Location of the August 10th Shred Day w/ Daniel’s Island Owners Association & SunTrust Bank

We wanted to be crystal clear for those planning to attend the shred day on Saturday, August 10 in conjunction with Daniel’s Island Owner’s Association and SunTrust Bank – the location is a bit tricky!

The shred truck will be located in Governor’s Park, located adjacent to the Family Circle Cup Tennis Center on Seven Farms Drive in the parking lot near the soccer fields. See the event details page for a map if you still need clarification.

The SC Department of Consumer Affairs Wants To Warn You of Latest Scam: Medical Alert Device

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) is urging consumers to beware of suspicious calls from fraudsters posing as medical alert systems companies.

This scam preys on the elderly and disabled with an automated call promising a free medical alert system. The message typically says “someone has ordered a free medical alert system for you, and this call is to confirm shipping instructions.” The consumer is instructed to press “1” to speak to a representative for verification purposes. If a button is pressed, the consumer is asked to provide payment information.

Follow the tips below to avoid being victimized by this and other telephone scams:

– Hang up. Do not press any buttons and do not speak to a live person.

– Don’t trust caller ID. Caller ID is easily “spoofed”. This means someone can use technology to make it appear as if they are calling you from your local area, when they are actually miles away.

– Never give out personal information. Don’t give your credit card number, social security number or other personal information to someone you do not know. Remember- government officials, including Medicare, will not call you and ask for this information.

– Ask for information in writing. If a button is pressed and a live person comes on, ask them to send you information on the product in writing.

– Do your research. If you are in the market for a medical alert system, do your homework before signing on the dotted line. Contact SCDCA to see if any complaints have been filed against the company. Also, ensure you know the initial and any recurring costs, the cancellation policy, and the product features to be sure it suits your needs.

Find this and other great information at the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs web site: https://www.consumer.sc.gov

Shred360 Announces Two-Event Partnership with 105.5 The Bridge & 98 Rock Radio Stations in Charleston

Shred360 is happy to be working with two of the Charleston area’s top radio stations – 105.5 “The Bridge” and 98 Rock. The two shred days are important in raising awareness to the ongoing issues of identity fraud in Charleston and the Lowcountry.

The first of the two free shred days is Friday, July 12 from 11AM until 2PM in the South Windemere Shopping Center parking lot.

The Shred360 Team Wishes You & Your Family a Safe and Happy July 4th 2013!

 

Reminder from SC Department of Consumer Affairs to Password Protect Your Smartphone

For many, smartphones have become an extension of themselves. Virtually anything can be done with them, including social networking, shopping, paying bills, or accessing your bank. It is just as important to secure your smartphone as it is any other computer you would use for these purposes – and your smartphone is an easier target for thieves and easier to lose.

So what’s the best advice for keeping your smartphone safe?

1.) Enable strong, creative passwords and don’t share them with anyone.

2.) Be cautious in public Wi-Fi hotspots – avoid logging into personal accounts, especially financial accounts.

3.) Securely dispose of your personal information before trading in your phone for that hot, new upgrade!

Find this and other great information at the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs web site: https://www.consumer.sc.gov

Shred360 Proud to be Working with Local AARP!

Shred360 believes very strongly in protecting Seniors. That’s why we are so happy to be working with AARP once again. Join us for a free shred day at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle, Columbia, Monday June 24th. And stay tuned for more events with AARP in the future.

Shred360 Team Gives Back (Actually Picks Up) For Local Community

Adopt-A-Highway – The Shred360 cleaning crew spent Monday, May 20th, making South Carolina roads a little cleaner. We always enjoy giving back to the community that makes us so successful. This is what we were founded on and it continues to be our cornerstone.

Thanks again South Carolina,
The Shred360 Team

Did You Know Shred360 Is In Charlotte?

If you live or work in The Queen City or surrounding areas, or know someone who does, think of Shred360 when it comes to secure paper shredding, material destruction or document management. We’ve got you covered!

– 704-248-7581 –

From SC Department of Consumer Affairs: Identity Theft – Credit Monitoring

Thousands of South Carolina consumers enrolled in the ProtectMyID credit monitoring program, a positive step in minimizing the effects of the breach. ProtectMyID alerts a consumer when new information is posted to their credit report, such as accounts created, change of address and change in public record information. However, it is up to the consumer receiving the alert to verify whether the information was a result of their action or identity theft. Get an alert? Take these FREE steps:

1) Place a fraud alert on your credit reports. You only have to call one of the Credit Reporting Agencies (CRA) and they will notify the other two. This is a FREE service

2) Request your credit reports. A fraud alert allows you to get one free credit report from each credit bureau. You can also get them for free each year by calling 877-382-8228 or visiting www.annualcreditreport.com

3) Review your reports carefully. Look for any signs of identity theft, including incorrect information, accounts you don’t recognize, etc.

4) If you find something wrong, contact the credit reporting company right away.

5) Keep good records and be sure to track the progress of your corrections.

6) Consider a security freeze that puts your credit report on lockdown. It stops a business from accessing your report without permission.

SCDCA aims to protect consumers from inequities in the marketplace through advocacy, complaint mediation, enforcement and education. For more identity theft information, visit www.consumer.sc.gov and click “Identity Theft Resources” or call 1-800-922-1594.

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