Is your mailbox full of junk mail? Are you tired of telemarketers bothering you or your senior loved one? Is your e-mail inbox filling up with spam e-mails that make it difficult for you to find the important e-mails?
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a guide to Stopping Unsolicited Mail, Phone Calls, and E-mail that can help you opt out of them.
The tips suggested by the FTC to reduce offers from marketers are found on the FTC’s website www.consumer.ftc.gov.
Here are some of the suggestions provided:
- Opt out of receiving unsolicited offers of credit and insurance by calling toll-free 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or visiting www.optoutprescreen.com, a website operated by by the major consumer reporting companies. By following the procedures provided, you and elect to opt out for five years or permanently.
- To reduce the number of unsolicited telemarketing phone calls you receive, add your phone number to the federal government’s Do Not Call Registry. To register your phone number or for further information about the registry, visit www.donotcall.gov, or call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to register.
- To reduce the amount of unsolicited commercial mail you receive from direct marketing companies, you can register with the Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Mail Preference Service (MPS). The service lets you opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial mail from many national companies for five years — at least those that use the DMA’s Mail Preference Service. “To register with DMA’s Mail Preference Service, go to www.dmachoice.org, or mail your request with a $1 processing fee to: DMAchoice, Direct Marketing Association, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512,” the FTC advises.
- You can also opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial e-mails from certain direct marketing companies that are members of the DMA, by registering your e-mail address with the DMA’s “Email Preference Service (eMPS).” To opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial email from DMA members, visit www.dmachoice.org. The FTC advises that this registration is free and good for six years.
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