Is it just us or have spam phone calls increased in the last year or so? It seems like at least three to four times per week our cell phone rings and we look at it only to see the dreaded “unknown number”.
Is your home mailbox filled each day with pre-approved credit card offers? How about your email? That has to have a ton of spam.
To alleviate the annoyance of spam calls, including spam emails clogging up your inbox, as well as physical pre-approved credit card mailings, the Federal Trade Commission has a few tips.
For Pre-Approved Credit Card Offers:
If you’d like to opt out for five years, you can call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or visit www.optoutprescreen.com. Please note that the phone number and website are operated by the major consumer reporting companies.
To opt out permanently, head to www.optoutprescreen.com. You’ll be asked to return a signed form which will be provided to you.
The FTC also lists physical mailing addresses if you don’t have access to the internet: The FTC asks you to make sure your request includes your home telephone number, name, Social Security number, and date of birth.
P.O. Box 919
Allen, TX 75013
Name Removal Option
P.O. Box 505
Woodlyn, PA 19094
P.O. Box 740123
Atlanta, GA 30374
Innovis Consumer Assistance
P.O. Box 495
Pittsburgh, PA 15230
To Opt Out From Direct Marketing
To register your phone number or to get information visit www.donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to register. You should begin to receive less calls within 31 days.
To receive less mail and e-mail from marketers, consumers can register with the Direct Marketing Association's website at www.DMAchoice.org. The opt-out period is ten years for a cost of $2 as a processing fee.
Consumers can also opt-out via regular mail after downloading and printing a form from the www.DMAchoice.org website and sending it in. If you don’t have internet access at all, you can register by sending your name and address (with signature), along with a $3 processing fee (check or money order payable to DMA) to:
Data & Marketing Association
P.O. Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512
While unsolicited spam emails and phone calls will never truly go away 100 percent, following these steps can quickly and directly affect how many phone calls, direct mail, and e-mail you’re being sent by marketing companies.
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