Updated 03/04/2013 12:21 PM
Post Office Shredding Event
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The U.S. Postal Inspection Service hosted a shredding event Monday as a way to help people protect themselves against identity theft.
The event was part of National Consumer Protection Week.
The Postal Service says identity theft is becoming the fastest growing type of theft, but consumers can fight back by shredding correctly.
People shredded documents they didn't need anymore that listed information such as their names, addresses, and social security numbers.
Inspectors say there are tons of frauds and scams out there, and one in particular that is growing recently is foreign lottery scams.
"We're focusing on foreign lotteries because we're seeing many foreign lottery scammers pretending to be," U.S. Postal Inspector, Ray Williams said. "Especially senior citizens are victimized telling them they've won the foreign lottery and then bilking them sometimes out of incredible amounts of money from a few thousand to over a hundred thousand dollars."
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service also gave out pamphlets and DVDs to teach people how to better protect themselves against fraud and identity theft.