Stop Junk Mail

DMAchoice

DMAchoice™ is an online tool developed by the Direct Marketing Association to help you manage your mail. This site is part of a larger program designed to respond to consumers’ concerns over the amount of mail they receive, and it is the evolution of the DMA’s Mail Preference Service created in 1971.

For the purposes of this site, direct mail is divided into four categories: Credit Offers, Catalogs, Magazine Offers and Other Mail Offers. You can request to start or stop receiving mail from individual companies within each category—or from an entire category at once.

Catalog Choice

Use Catalog Choice , a free service that helps consumers reduce the amount of unwanted mail they receive. Visit the Catalog Choice website and begin by searching for the company that is sending the unwanted mail. Catalog Choice contacts that company and sends an opt-out request. According to Catalog Choice, the website has helped over a million people remove themselves from over 2,000 companies’ unwanted mailings.

Other direct mailers:

888-5-OPT-OUT

Call 888-5-OPT-OUT (888-567-8688) from a phone number associated with the address receiving the unwanted mailings, or visit optoutprescreen.com. This will help stop any unwanted pre-approved credit offers. Pre-approved credit offers are not only annoying, but they are also a great way for a dishonest person to steal the identity of the person to whom the credit offer is addressed.

ForestEthics—the group behind the Do Not Mail Registry petition  has a form you can fill out so your information will be automatically entered into letters to junk mailers. Print, sign, and send them in. It could take 6-8 weeks before you see a reduction in your junk mail.

“Do-it-yourself: Stop junk mail, email and phone calls” from http://www.obviously.com/junkmail/

For work related junk mail: EcoLogical Mail Coalition : This organization’s Web site lets businesses remove former employees’ names from direct mailing lists. It’s free to businesses, as marketers pick up the tab.

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