What can you do about the growing pile of unwanted mail in your mailbox and unwelcome telemarketers on your phone?
There's a lot you can do.
- Tell companies you do business with to remove your name from customer lists they rent or sell to others. Look for information on how to opt out of marketing lists on sales materials, order forms and websites.
- Utilize the services provided by the Direct Marketing Association to remove you from most national telemarketing, mail and e-mail lists.
- Call the credit reporting agencies' notification system at 1-888-567-8688. This will reduce the number of unsolicited credit and insurance offers you get. All three major credit bureaus participate in this program.
- Under U.S. Postal Service Rules, it is illegal to send mail that looks like it is from a government agency when it isn't. It is also illegal to send mail that looks like a bill when nothing was ordered, unless it clearly states it is not a bill. Report violations of this rule to the USPS.
Tired of unwanted email filling up your inbox? You can opt out of most unsolicited email lists by going to the "unsubscribe" button, usually found at the bottom of the message. Some senders make the button difficult to find, so you may have to do some searching. In addition, the Direct Marketing Association lets you opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial mail from many national companies for five years. You can register with this service for a small fee, but your registration only applies to organizations that use the association's Mail Preference Service.
Next Avenue Editors Also Recommend:
- Phishing: How Scammers Trick You Into Sending Personal Information
- Reduce Spam and Simplify Your Online Life
- Keep Malicious Software From Infecting Your Computer
- Block Identity Thieves With Enhanced Computer Security
If so, thank you. Your financial gift helps us fulfill our mission of being an essential source of news and information for older adults. Just as important, your contribution demonstrates that you believe in the value of our work. We have a lot of exciting things planned in 2020 and we need your help to make sure they happen.
Haven’t given yet? Please make a gift today and help us reach our end-of-year goal — any amount helps. Thank you.