Published 29th of May 2015

Did you know? According to the National Fraud Authority, identity fraud costs the U.K. £2.7 billion every year, affecting more than 1.8 million people.

Last year, we collected, destroyed and recycled over 50,000 tonnes of paper and IT Data, such as Hard Drives.

The Information Commissioners Office can fine you up to £500,000 for data breaches.

What are the most common ways of committing fraud?

ID and Uniform fraud is on of the most common ways in which fraud is committed, with people gaining false entry to work sites and offices as a result.

Company letterheads are often used in fraudulent activity, in particular with creating false ‘official documents’.

CCTV Tapes are used for spying, gaining information such as passwords and login details into personal accounts.

Notes and Diaries are sometimes stolen, which can allow competitors to gain vital information on products and developments.

Research found that 96% of people are worried about the threat of I.D Fraud, yet only 40% have a dedicated Data Protection plan and manager.

How can Shredall help you?

Frank William Abagnale, Jr. is an American security consultant known for his history as a former confidence trickster, check forger, and impostor between the ages of 15 and 21. He became one of the most famous impostors ever,[1] claiming to have assumed no fewer than eight identities as an airline pilot, a doctor, a U.S. Bureau of Prisons agent, and a lawyer. He served less than five years in prison before starting to work for the federal government and also runs Abagnale & Associates, a financial fraud consultancy company.

Abagnale's life story provided the inspiration for the feature film Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo Dicaprio as Abagnale.

Shredall Ltd has recently confidentially shredded 2 tonnes of airline pilot jackets, the importance of which is highlighted by Apagnale’s story. We work with many travel agencies to stop a “Catch me if you can” scenario from happening. Landfills are no place for sensitive and defective materials that could end up in the wrong hands.

We can process large volumes of material, which can be accepted on pallets or in skip containers. You can either deliver waste products directly to our headquarters, or we can arrange secure collection and transportation on your behalf.

We allow customers to view the destruction of their product on site, remotely via a secure site or it can be recorded to keep in your records, all for your peace of mind. Our customers receive duty of care paperwork for the transportation and disposal of the waste, followed by a destruction certificate. Using an approved partner we are able to offer the following destruction services:

  • Branded goods
  • Uniforms
  • ID cards and passes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Cosmetics
  • Contaminated packaging
  • Redundant products
  • Out of date/Passed shelf life product
  • Counterfeit & Confiscated goods
  • Marketing material
  • Exam Papers
  • Headed paper and business cards
  • Blank and completed contract forms
  • Faulty products
  • Damaged goods
  • Product samples
  • Fake CDs and DVDs

Our Opinion

If any of the above items were to fall into the wrong hands, they may be used to falsify information, commit fraud, or in order to misrepresent your business.

There can be a real danger of counterfeit or fake goods coming into the market which can damage your brand. Protect your brand identity and site security by ensuring that all official branded items, promotional gifts or counterfeit goods are destroyed in a highly secure environment, when they're no longer required.

Secure Shredding Service

  • On-site (mobile) or off-site product shredding
  • Certificate of Destruction issued
  • All materials recycled where possible
  • Full audit trail
  • CRB checked and BS7858 Shredall team.


If you require further information or guidance on this important issue, or wish to arrange a collection, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 393 178 or info@shredall.co.uk