HOUSTON - KHOU 11 and AARP hosted a free event for the public in honor of Earth Day on Saturday.
The event offered free shredding of documents at the north entrance parking lot at Memorial City Mall. It ran from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.
More than 15 million Americans were hit by some type of ID theft last year.
Jim Buser of Bear Creek was almost one of them.
After his house flooded in April 2016, crews were in and out of his home. Buser believed someone snatched some of his important documents.
"It's a sick feeling in my stomach really," said Buser.
That person tried opening a credit card in Buser's name and managed to put a temporary hold on his mail service.
"I think their plan was to go to the post office and pick up my mail and get the credit card at that time... pretty sneaky," he said.
Buser managed to stop that sneaky business but kicks himself for not shredding important documents.
That's why KHOU 11 is teaming up with AARP to offer a free document shredding day!
"Anybody and everybody is invited," said Tina Tran with AARP. "You don't have to be an AARP member you don't have to be 50 plus you just have to have paperwork you want to shred"
Tran suggested bringing all documents with personal information on it and there's no limit on how much you can shred!
Buser hoped his story serves as a reminder to stop stockpiling and protect yourself from ID theft.
"The old saying 'it's not gonna happen to me' doesn't apply," Buser admitted. "It can happen to you very easily and I think I learned that the hard way."
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