Identity Theft is on the Rise
Have you ever been a victim of identity theft? If you have, you are definitely not alone. If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky.
According to Javelin Strategy & Research, there was one incident of ID fraud every three seconds in 2012. The holiday season is an especially dangerous time of year for this crime as consumers are distracted and sharing their confidential information frequently, such as credit card numbers.
In the past several years, I have had both my credit card and debit card numbers stolen. Luckily, in both cases, it was caught quickly, so the damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been. However, the sense of violation and fear of future incidents sticks with you.
Fear of Identity Theft Turned Me into a Hoarder
Over the years, I have become more and more aware of the importance of shredding documents. Unfortunately, about 2 years ago, my old shredder died. It never really worked that well, so I didn’t run out to get a new one. However, I still wasn’t willing to throw out all of my bills, medical records, etc. without shredding them.
So, what did I do? I collected all of the paperwork in a box and stored the box in a closet of my house – just like an episode of a hoarders TV show. I just boxed up all of this important “trash” and waited for one of the community shred events where you can drop off documents to be shredded for free.
But, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to shred at home again? To not have to store garbage? I definitely think it would. That is why I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to try out the Fellowes Powershred P-12C shredder.
My first thought upon reading the features of the Powershred P-12C was that it is definitely higher quality than any shredder I’ve owned before. As a mom, I am especially happy about the SafeSense® technology that turns off the shredder any time hands touch the paper opening.
The Powershred P-12C has a sleek design that will fit nicely in any home office. It is big enough to hold a lot of shredded paper, but not so big that you will have trouble finding space for it.
It made quick work of my box of hoarded documents, especially with the 12-sheet capacity.
It is a little loud, but that doesn’t really bother me in a shredder. It can also be a little messy to empty if you let it get too full. The good news is that there is a handy window in the side of the shredder that let’s you see when it is getting full.
All-in-all the pros of of the Powershred P-12C definitely outweigh the cons.
Facts About the Fellowes Powershred P-12C
Perfect for finance-savvy moms and paper-ridden college students, the P-12C’s slim profile design and innovative technologies make it a great choice for at-home and dorm room use.
Fellows Powershred P-12C features include:
- Cross-Cut blades that destroy 12 sheets of paper into approximately 309 particles per sheet, making it extremely difficult to reassemble
- SafeSense® technology which automatically disables the shredder when hands touch the paper opening
- The ability to shred credit cards, paper clips, staples and junk mail for added convenience
Buy the Powershred Fellowes P-12C
If the the Powershred P-12C isn’t on your gift list this year, it should be. Give someone the ability to easily shred personal documents at home, and give them peace of mind this holiday season.
The Powershred P-12C can be purchased at Walmart Stores nationwide and at Walmart.com for a suggested retail price of $99.97.
Do you worry about identity theft? What do you do to protect your identity?
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