|Staples to Help Ease Consumers' Vulnerability to Identity Theft This Tax Season; Personal Security Expert Provides Tips for Consumers to Get Organized and Maintain Personal Security|
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 1, 2006--According to a report by the Better Business Bureau and Javelin Research, 9.3 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2005.(1) With the deadline for filing taxes a little more than a month away, Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), the world's largest office products company, and personal security expert Robert Siciliano have teamed up to help consumers ensure personal security during tax season and throughout 2006.
"It is vital that consumers take the initiative to protect their identity," said Siciliano. "Something as simple as shredding your unneeded personal documents, instead of throwing them in the garbage, can truly make a difference in protecting yourself from identity theft."
Identity theft is becoming an increasing threat to consumers and businesses. Owning the right tools will minimize risks of becoming a victim. This is especially important during tax filing season when many documents can be exposed.
In addition, businesses of all sizes are targets of identity theft. Large or small, businesses are the keepers of important client and employee information that hackers and thieves target. Like consumers, businesses need to take the proper steps to ensure personal security.
"Maintaining personal security is important for everyone, especially during tax season," said Shira Goodman, executive vice president of marketing for Staples. "Staples has shredders, safes and antivirus software to give our customers peace of mind."
Staples teamed up with Robert Siciliano, known as the "Lifesaver" for his personal security expertise. With 18 years of security training and experience in white collar crimes, Siciliano is an expert on a variety of security issues from identity theft to workplace violence and is frequently featured on national television.
Staples and Siciliano developed the following six easy tips to help consumers get organized and ensure the safety of their personal information:
From paper shredders, organizing supplies, locking file cabinets and safes to surge protectors and internet security protect software, Staples has all of the products that consumers need to get organized and maintain personal security.
For more information on Staples products and to obtain a complete list of tips and products to deter identity theft, visit www.staples.com/security.
Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products company. With 69,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2005 sales of $16.1 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 21 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates approximately 1,780 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com.
(1) Source: "2005 Identity Fraud Survey Report," Javelin Strategy and Research, 2005.
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