How To Stop Junk Mail And Unwanted Telemarketing Calls
Would you like to know how to stop junk mail? Are you tired of receiving credit offers.? Here is a list of proven methods to reduce or eliminate unwanted junk mail from being delivered to your home.
Junk mail used to be a phrase we used when talking out our mailbox either at the street in front of our home or on the side of the house or at the mailbox center for your apartment complex or where every your snail mail is delivered. Now junk mail can also mean our Inbox online. We also refer to that sort of junk mail as Spam.
A Free Download/Printable version of this information is available near the end of this post.
Credit or Insurance Offers
“OptOutPrescreen.com is a centralized service to accept and process requests from consumers to “Opt-In” or “Opt-Out” of firm offers of credit or insurance. They are a joint venture among Equifax Information Services, LLC, Experian Information Solutions, Inc., Innovis Data Solutions, Inc., and TransUnion, LLC (collectively the “Consumer Credit Reporting Companies”). “
You will be able to Opt In or Opt Out for 5 years or for life through OptOutPrescreen.com.
There is a link at the bottom of the page which will allow you to complete the process in a matter of minutes for the 5 year Opt Out choice. If your preference is to be excluded from receiving such offers for life, you will need to follow the instructions on the website which includes sending your signed request through the mail.
If you have previously opted out but now would like to receive these offers, then you will complete the process to Opt In.
The Federal Trade Commission can help with those Credit and Insurance Offers also
More information is available on the website for the FTC here to either Opt Out for 5 years or permanently of all prescreen offers of credit and insurance.
Credit Offers, Catalogs, Magazine and Other Mail Offers
“Every year, DMA handles more than 15,000 complaints from consumers who are receiving unwanted mail from marketers.” (source)
dmachoice.org divides direct mail into 4 categories: Credit Offers, Catalogs, Magazine Offers and Other Mail Offers. You will be able to stop mail from any or all categories on this site.
This site does require free registration. However, they claim to have over 3,600 members from the Direct Mail Marketing industry who review their Opt Out list once every 3 months when it is updated. If you do not want to register online, no problem, you can download a PDF to fill out and mail in along with $1 for processing.
E-Mail Opt Out
dmachoice.org also has a page for email Opt Out. Be sure to visit it while you are there.
“The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) is a consortium of the leading national advertising and marketing trade groups that together deliver effective, self-regulatory solutions to online consumer issues”
(you will need to copy and paste the ‘optout’ address into your browser then hit enter) It should open and start working right then as it recognizes your browser web address. It will Opt Out your browser on the devise you are using which means you will need to do this on every devise. My advise is to email the link to yourself so you can copy and paste it on each devise.
Register the Deceased
My brother passed away more than 10 years ago. I receive mail at my home in his name even now. He never lived at my home! Are you frustrated by this kind of mail too? I have registered the names of both my parents and my brother on this list just recently.
Register the name of a deceased person at dmachoice.org. It will take 3 months to slow down the amount of mail arriving in the name of your deceased loved one.
Telemarketing calls are a beast of their own! Congress is working to help us all stop the suffering. While I have added the Do Not Call info into this post, be aware, it doesn’t always work with the current rage of telemarketing going on in our world.
Do Not Call List
Want to stop those annoying telemarketers? The Do Not Call Registry can be found at donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to register. Registration is completely FREE for both home and cell phone numbers.
Stop Delivery of the Yellow Pages Book
I remember the ‘old days’ before the explosion of the internet when we always looked forward to the new phone book each year. Now, I cannot even tell you when the last time was that I picked up a phone book. If you are still receiving an annual copy and would like to be able to opt out, go here to the Yellow Pages Goes Green website where you can quickly and easily register to opt out from receiving the phone book.
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Great reference list! Pinned and will be visiting these links above to register my name. Found you on Homegrown & Healthy’s linky. =)
Thanks for stopping by Jessica. I’m glad you found the list helpful!
These are some great tips. And something else so crazy is when those telemarketers call your cell phone and if they wait for your voice mail to pick then that goes towards your cell phone minutes. Those minutes add up. Thanks for sharing this at The Southern Special. Have a wonderful week.
Trish, I’m so glad you found it helpful. I like the fact that you can add your cell phone number to the Do Not Call list.
I don’t see why they don’t leave us alone unless we opt in. so crazy. Thanks for sharing this info!!
Now, you know how to make them stop 🙂
Very useful post Shirley !! I have never heard of that opt-out service, I am going to try that to stop the insurance mails.I get a lot of them. Thank you for sharing this info with us 🙂
Thanks for sharing all this information! I knew about the Do Not Call list, but not the others. The telemarketing calls drive us nuts!
I’m sharing this with my Facebook readers and pinning it.
Thanks so much for all these great links! I only was aware of the Do Not Call List. Thanks for investigating and sharing this information with every1 🙂
Thank you for this! I have been sitting here thinking that I need to call and register my phone number with the Do Not Call Registry, but I have not taken the time to look it up and handle it, You made it so easy for me. I’ve actually done it! 🙂 PINNED!!! Excellent post.
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This information is great! Thank you so much. I only knew about the do not call list. Which we are on but never seems to fully get rid of anything. I am going on dmachoice tonight!
Kristen, I am so glad you found it helpful! I thought if I needed this information, others would too!
Thanks for sharing all of this research with us, Shirley! We are on the “Do Not Call” list, but we still get calls 🙁 Not as MANY, though, so I’ll take it!
Thanks so much for sharing this! I knew of about the do not call list but did not know about these other options. They will be soooo helpful
Heather, you are most welcome! Now maybe I can keep up with this information myself! I thought the printable would make it easier for folks.
It’s great to see all the opt out sources in one place! I think it’s been more than 5 years since I opted out of receiving those annoying phone calls right in the middle of dinner. It’s got to the point that when the caller ID shows up on the TV screen and it’s a toll free number, I just say no and refuse to pick up the phone.
Also, I made a mistake donating to a political cause and OMG, I get calls constantly from them begging for money.
Alli, we do the same thing! It apparently has been more than 5 years since we opted out too! The thing that affected my decision the most about doing this post was receiving mail for my deceased family. We get mail for my brother who passed away in 1999 and NEVER even lived at our home. I thought this post would be useful information for most folks.
This is so helpful! I get credit card and insurance offers just about every day! Does opting out do anything to affect trying to get a credit card on your own?
Thank you for these tips! I hate the amount of junk mail we receive.