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How do you stop junk postal mail?

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To stop junk postal mail, contact the consumer reporting agencies for credit card and insurance applications and the Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service for unsolicited commercial mail. If you continue to receive unwanted mail, contact the individual companies to remove yourself from their mailing lists.

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  1. Contact the consumer reporting agencies

    The easiest way to stop receiving credit card and insurance junk mail is to complete the online form on the website optoutprescreen.com, or call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT. You can also send a letter to each individual company: Experian, Transunion, Equifax and Innovis Consumer Assistance. Visit consumer.ftc.gov or the companies' websites for the appropriate mailing addresses.

  2. Contact the Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service

    To stop receiving junk from many national companies, visit dmachoice.org and complete the online form. You can also send the request by mail with a $1 processing fee to DMAchoiceDirect Marketing Association, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512.

  3. Contact individual companies

    Not all companies use the Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service, so you may continue to receive some junk mail. Check the unwanted mail for a customer service phone number, and call the company directly to ask to be removed from its mailing list. You can also try to contact the company's customer service department and make the request through the company's website or mailing address.

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