Saturday, January 26, 2013

Tired of junk mail?

I know you are tired of having your mailbox crammed with unsolicited mail.  I know you are fed up with getting telemarketing calls (just as you're sitting down to dinner).  And email has become a nightmare, full of unsolicited advertising and spam.  

You don't have to be a victim.  Did you know that you can cut down on the number of unsolicited mailings, calls, and emails you receive?

If you don't want to receive prescreened offers of credit and insurance, you have two choices: You can opt out of receiving them for five years or opt out of receiving them permanently.

To opt out for five years: Call toll-free  1-888-5-OPT-OUT ( 1-888-567-8688) or visit The phone number and website are operated by the major consumer reporting companies.

To opt out permanently: You may begin the permanent Opt-Out process online at To complete your request, you must return the signed Permanent Opt-Out Election form, which will be provided after you initiate your online request.

If you don't have access to the Internet, you may send a written request to permanently opt out to each of the major consumer reporting companies.
Experian Opt Out, P.O. Box 919, Allen, TX 75013
TransUnion Name Removal Option, P.O. Box 505, Woodlyn, PA 19094
Equifax, Inc. Options, P.O. Box 740123, Atlanta, GA 30374
Innovis Consumer Assistance, P.O. Box 495, Pittsburgh, PA 15230

The federal government's National Do Not Call Registry is a free, easy way to reduce the telemarketing calls you get at home. To register your phone number or to get information about the registry, visit, or call  1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to register.

You will get fewer telemarketing calls within 31 days of registering your number. Telephone numbers on the registry will only be removed when they are disconnected and reassigned, or when you choose to remove a number from the registry.

The Direct Marketing Association's (DMA) Mail Preference Service (MPS) lets you opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial mail from many national companies for five years. When you register with this service, your name will be put on a "delete" file and made available to direct-mail marketers and organizations. This will reduce most of your unsolicited mail. However, your registration will not stop mailings from organizations that do not use the DMA's Mail Preference Service. To register with DMA's Mail Preference Service, go to, or mail your request with a $1 processing fee to:

DMAchoice, Direct Marketing Association, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512

The DMA also has an Email Preference Service (eMPS) to help you reduce unsolicited commercial emails. To opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial email from DMA members, visit Registration is free and good for six years.

Have a terrific day!

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