How to Stop Junk Mail at Your Residence

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Junk mail seems to multiply like rabbits, cluttering your home and mailbox. Most of the time, it lays around until you get tired of looking at it and then you simply toss it into the trash without opening it. Shredding your junk mail is the best way to dispose of it; this will help prevent someone from going through your trash and opening a credit card or other account in your name and committing identity theft. You do not have to helplessly watch the waste of paper that junk mail creates; you can stop it from coming to your home.

  • Phone the national credit bureaus' opt out line to stop getting credit card applications and insurance offers. The number is 1-888-567-8688.

  • Contact the Direct Marketing Association and opt out of all junk mail. You can send a postcard to:
    Mail Preference Service Direct Marketing Association
    P.O. Box 643
    Carmel, New York 10512.

    Keep in mind it may take you up to two months to stop receiving junk mail. If you want to speed up the process, you can visit the Direct Marketing Association online to register, but there may be a small fee in a few states.

  • Call the local businesses in your area that send you unwanted junk mail. The phone number will be on the junk mail you received. They will remove you from their mailing lists upon your request. This may take more time, but it is an effective way to make sure the mailings stop.

  • Watch the information you are filling out when you order products online and when entering contests. Often, the business will have a section that asks if you want to receive mailings from the company. Make sure you check "no" or leave the area blank to ensure you do not get further mailings from the company.

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