Junk mail is a fact of life, but there are measures you can take to get that constant flow of unwanted envelopes to stop -- or at least slow down.
- Step 1: Make a note of the company that you are getting any unwanted mail from. Large marketing agencies usually send several different mailings, but they can be contacted to stop all mailings that fall under their jurisdiction. You do have rights to privacy, so exercise them and get your address off any lists you didn't sign up for.
- FACT: The United States Postal Service averages 6,761 pieces of mail processed every second.
- Step 2: Contact credit bureaus individually or call the Federal Trade Commission's opt out number at 888-567-8688 to prevent these credit bureaus from selling your information for pre-approved credit cards offers.
- TIP: You can use this service to stop mail from coming to the deceased as well.
- Step 3: Visit the Direct Marketing Association's site to start a mail preference service account. Registration online is free but must be updated every three years. This will help you manage junk mail that is sent to you.
- Step 4: Start by making sure your phone number is unlisted. Make a call to your phone company and specifically ask to have your number made private and not sold to any companies. This may involve paying a fee.