Tech disposal event teaches Delco residents how to protect themselves from cybercrime

Justin Udo
September 08, 2019 - 5:25 pm
Tech disposal event in Delaware County

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Delaware County officials say cybercrimes are on the rise, but their special disposal events can help educate residents from becoming a victim.

Juan Castillo is one of those one in four Americans who experts say have been the victim of a cybercrime.

“Every once in a while you see suspicious activity on your account,” he said. “You have to track that down. It seems like it happens more and more often.”

So when Juan found out the Delaware County's District Attorney's Office was having an event to get rid of older electronics, he made sure to drop off his old cell phones, so they would not end up in the wrong hands, or a landfill.

“So that's another reason I wanted to make sure it got disposed of properly,” he said.

Joe Connors is with Cyber Crunch, the company charged with destroying the data. He says although cyber scams and crimes happen every day, now is the time for people to be more vigilant about getting rid of their data.

“Spring and fall is when people typically get rid of their electronics, it's similar to house cleaning,” he said. “So that's when a lot of the scammers come out, and you can't be too careful getting rid of the data correctly.”

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Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland says they want to give people options they usually do not have to dispose their computer towers, phones, and hard drives.

“This is one of the ways we can educate people about how to avoid having their identity stolen, and provide them with resources so they themselves don't have to dispose of them independently,” she explained.

The cyber disposal event at the Glenolden School is the first of several county officials are holding over the next few months.