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Cut Down on Junk Mail and Spam
June 05, 2013


There are a few things more annoying than junk mail, spam and
unsolicited calls and texts messages. Not only are these unwanted
communications an annoyance, but they can potentially lead to identity theft.



But how do you stop them? While it’s nearly impossible to completely
eliminate junk mail, spam text messages and unwanted phone calls, BBB
recommends taking the following steps for getting your inboxes and phone lines
under control.



Unwanted mail
shouldn’t cost you your identity.
Pre-approved credit card offers are an
easy target for identity thieves who can steal incoming mail and use these
offers to open fraudulent credit accounts. Stopping these pre-screened credit
offers can help reduce the chances of identity theft. Canadian residents can
visit
fightspam.gc.ca/HYPERLINK
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for more tips.



Stop unwanted
direct mail solicitations.
To stop most mailings and opt out of mail from members,
register for the Canadian Marketing Association’s Do Not Contact list at
the-cma.org.



Has your evening
been interrupted by telemarketers?
You’re not alone. The Canadian
government's National Do Not Call Registry is a free, easy way to reduce the
telemarketing calls you get at home. You will get fewer telemarketing calls
within 31 days of registering your number. Canadian residents can visit
lnnte-dncl.gc.ca for opt-out
information.



Are you receiving
spam text messages?
First and foremost, don’t respond. Responding to the text message only
confirms a working number and opens the door for more messages. If your number
is already on the Do Not Call Registry and you’re still receiving messages and
phone calls, file with the
Canadian Anti–Fraud Centre.



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