What Is the Most Effective Way to Remove Yourself From Junk Mail Lists?


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The key to ending unwanted junk mail and phone calls is to remove one's name from mailing lists, which can be accomplished via phone, the Internet and the postal service. To opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial mail from a variety of national companies for five years, a person can register with the Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service.

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What Is the Most Effective Way to Remove Yourself From Junk Mail Lists?
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After registering with the DMA, the registrant's name is placed on a "delete" file, which is visible to direct-mail organizations and marketers. Although it eliminates most junk mail solicitations, it does not stop mail from companies that do not subscribe to the DMA's Mail Preference Service. As of 2015, a person can register for this through the DMA website, or by sending a $1 processing fee to the Direct Marketing Association in New York.

To help people reduce unwanted commercial email solicitations, the DMS also has an Email Preference Service. Free of charge, registration lasts for six years and is available on the Direct Marketing Association website.

There are two services available to opt out of prescreened credit and insurance offers. To register for this service for five years, a person can visit the Opt Out Services website at OptOutPrescreen.com, or call the toll free number at 888-567-8688. It is also possibel to opt out permanently. After initiating the online request, the person must sign and return the Permanent Opt-Out Election form given at the time of registration.

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