Identity theft is super scary. After Mr. Serious’ wallet was lost a couple weeks ago, I realize how easy it would be for somebody to get their hands on your personal information. We don’t really use checks or mail them, and if we have personal information, I used to shred them by hand and put pieces in various trash bags in our house.
Recently, I had the opportunity to test out the Fellowes P-12C paper shredder. It features the ability to shred CDs, DVDs, credit cards and staples, and Fellowes’ Worry Free Warranty, ensuring shredders work the first time, every time.
Since we had our debit card that we canceled immediately upon know the wallet was lost, I thought it would be the perfect test for the paper shredder. We also had various bills with personal information that I shredded as well. Check out the video to see it in action.
Yes, it’s loud, but that doesn’t really matter to me. It’s shredding paper, so I wouldn’t expect it to be quiet. As you saw, it very quickly shredded the credit card and paper with ease. Later, I put an envelope in with several gift cards (not intentionally, I thought it was just one), and it took care of those, too.
I like that the drawer slides right out and could easily be dumped into a bag or trashcan. Or, if it’s only paper, perhaps recycled.
We have been very pleased with the shredder and we are glad to have something in our home that will help us destroy things like canceled debit cards and old tax forms.
Fellowes, Inc. recognizes the importance of minimizing risk of identity theft, one of the nation’s fastest growing crimes. As a result, Fellowes developed the following safety tips to help you protect your family from identity theft, both during tax season and throughout the year:
- Update personal computers with firewalls and security software, including antivirus programs.
- Contact the IRS (800-829-1040) if you do not receive W-2 forms and other sensitive information by February 15, as this may indicate that an identity thief intercepted such documents.
- Send tax returns from a locked mailbox/post office to ensure thieves cannot get to it before the postal service.
- If sending in tax forms via post mail, make sure all forms, identification documents and enclosed checks are not visible from the outside. Try wrapping everything in an extra sheet of paper to disguise its contents.
- Keep tax paperwork and other documents in a safe and accessible place, such as a fireproof box.
- After filing taxes, shred any backup documents with a Cross-Cut paper shredder, like Fellowes’ P-12C, which is essential because it shreds a single sheet of paper into hundreds of tiny particles to ensure confidential information is destroyed beyond recognition.
- The P-12C also features patented SafeSense® technology, which stops the machine immediately when hands or large pets come too close to the paper opening.
The Fellowes P-12C is available at Target and Target.com for $89.99
“I wrote this review while participating in a Mom Central Consulting blog tour on behalf of Fellowes. I received a Fellowes paper shredder to facilitate my review.”