How to Stop Mail Solicitations

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Sorting through your mail each day can be a pain when you are confronted with advertisements, catalogs, credit card offers and other junk mail that you have not requested. Most often, you are receiving these mailings because your information was sold to marketing companies by a company you are affiliated with. These companies may include retailers, magazines or organizations you belong to.

Contact the company by phone or visit the company website noted on your catalog or advertisement to request your name and address be removed from the company mailing list.

Verify your name and address as listed on the item you have received. If any of the information is incorrect, notify the representative of this error so that both the incorrect listing and your correct listing can be removed.

Visit the Direct Mail Association’s (DMA) Mail Preference Service website to have your name and address removed from any other marketing mailing lists. The DMA Choice website notes that “you can request to stop any type of mail solicitation, including credit offers, catalogs, magazine offers, donation requests, retail promotions, bank offers.”

Call each major credit bureau (Experian, Equifax, Transunion) to request that your name is removed from marketing lists for pre-approved cards. According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, the credit bureaus create lists with information regarding your spending habits and income to marketing companies.

Call back any company whose mailings you are still receiving after the appropriate time period has passed to ensure your information was correctly removed.

Tips

  • If you choose to sign up for mailings from a company in the future, request that they do not share or sell your information to any other companies to prevent unwanted mailing solicitation.

    As most print catalogs and advertisements are preprinted, it may take several weeks before you stop receiving mailings from any one company.

    Refraining from entering yourself in sweepstakes will help reduce your name from unwanted mailing lists, as sweepstakes are primarily used to sell your information for marketing purposes, according to the Washington State Secretary of State website.

    For sales fliers, you can look for a local number or address of the distributor. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse website notes that you can contact this distribution company to have your name removed from their mailing list.

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About the Author

Mia Faller started writing in 2006. Her career includes news and features articles for her university newspaper, "The Clock," book reviews for "The Weirs Times" and print and electronic newsletters for Annie's Book Stop and the New Hampshire Humane Society. Faller's writing interests include animals, religious/metaphysical studies, yoga, body modification and travel. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Plymouth State University.

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