Just 2 weeks ago, I was updating my catalog collection and
disposing of the older catalogs into the (mandatory) recycling bin
and yes, their's was one I had tossed since I had a more current
one. My warning to you is to watch the labels on the cover.
Frequently those labels will have your customer number on them
which will make it easier for fraud to occur. Remove them prior to
Judy, you make an excellent point about removing labels from
catalogues. This may sound like the "department of redundancy
department", but removing and shredding your name and address from
any and all tossed mail is now a critical protection against identity
theft. It's tedious and time-consuming, and I resent every second of
it, but it's imperative. It may be overkill, but I remove address
labels from everything - magazines, envelopes, whatever. I open all
junk mail - especially those applications for credit cards -and
remove every last reference to my name, before filing it with the
And if I am paying a bill by check, I no longer write the full
account number on it - just the last few digits. That goes especially
for your social security number.
And as to that shredded paper - when that goes goes out for
recycling, be sure to mix it up very well, especially if your
shredder does strips instead of cross-cuts. Or, take a tip from a
wise old friend of mine, dump your used kitty litter in with it! Of
course, it can't go into the recyclables then, but it will be pretty
safe from dumpster divers, you betcha...