Shred Bits Newsletter August 2013

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: