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Eliminating Junk Mail

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  • you make a purchase or register with a company for a service
  • your name is added to that company's customer list
  • your contact information is sold or rented to a list broker
  • name can then be sold to literally hundreds of organizations
  • each organization may send you unwanted mail and add you to another list


  • gather information that lenders use to decide your credit-worthiness
  • sell your name to banks and credit card companies for "pre-approved" offers
  • contact each credit bureau directly asking to "opt out" of this practice
  • Experian / PO Box 919 / Allen, TX 75013 / 800-353-0809
  • Equifax / PO Box 740123 / Atlanta, GA 30374-0123 / 800-755-3502
  • TransUnion / 555 West Adams St. / Chicago, IL 60661 / 800-345-2349


  • can get off lists for "Val Pak" coupons and other impersonal junk mail
  • ADVO Inc. / List Service / 239 W. Service Rd. / Hartford, CT 06120
  • Cox Direct / Operations / 6030 N. US 301 / Elm City, NC 27822
  • Carol Wright Gifts / 340 Applecreek Rd. / Lincoln, NE 68528-1501
  • Harte Hanks Direct Marketing / 100 Alco Place / Baltimore, MD 21227-2090
  • Money Mailer / 14271 Corporate Dr. / Garden Grove, CA 92843
  • Val-Pak Coupons / Address Info. / 8575 Largo Lakes Dr. / Largo, FL 33773


  • sponsor's the "Mail Preference Service"
  • ask to have your name removed from their marketing lists
  • include all permutations and misspellings of your name and address
  • this "delete" list is distributed to major direct marketers 4 times a year
  • send a postcard to DMA / PO Box 9008 / Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008
  • or visit www.dmaconsumers.org


  • warranty cards often go to list brokers rather than the manufacturer
  • don't return warranty cards -- your warranty is good without them
  • credit cards let other companies send promotions to their card holders
  • ask to opt out of these and even in-house mailing besides your bill
  • signing up for store scanner "discount cards" adds you to more mailing lists
  • contact current magazine subscription and ask to "opt out" from their lists


  • companies who sell and rent lists of potential consumers
  • contact them and ask to deleted from their mail and telemarketing lists
  • Polk List Order Services / Opt Out / 1621-18th St. / Denver, CO 80202
  • Donnelly Marketing / Name Supression Service infoUSA Inc. / P.O. Box 3502 / Ames, IA 50010-3502
  • List Services Corp. / 6 Trowbridge Dr. / Box 516 / Bethel, CT 06801
  • Metromail Corp. / Consumer Services / 901 W. Bond / Lincoln, NE 68521
  • Database America / Compilation / 100 Paragon Dr. / Montvale, NJ 07645
  • Walter Karl / Consumer List Mgmt. / 1 American Ln. / Greenwich, CT 06831
  • Dun & Bradstreet / 899 Eaton Ave. / Bethlehem, PA 18025-9922


  • US postal service sells change of address lists to marketers
  • includes a list of "licensed parties" -- all sales and marketing depts.
  • can ask to have your name removed from the NCOA database
  • include your name, old address, and new address in your request
  • NCOA Customer Support / 6060 Primacy Pkwy. #101 / Memphis, TN 38188
  • check the box for "temporary move" and set time frame for 364 days
  • only permanent address changes go in database


  • write "return to sender" on first class junk mail and put back in box
  • simply refuse any piece of junk mail and the post office must deal with it
  • put the junk mail in the company's postage-paid return envelope
  • include a note saying "stop sending me your junk"
  • mail it back to them at their expense


  • ask to "opt out" anytime you give someone your contact information
  • use the words "please do not rent, sell, share, or trade my name"
  • ask that your name be put on an "in-house" list only
  • don't give out your contact information unless it is absolutely necessary


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