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National Consumer Protection Week Daily Tip #1: How to cut down on unsolicited calls, e-mails, and mail
March 03, 2014

Cut down on unsolicited mailings, calls, and emails you receive by learning where to go to "just say no."  If you decide that you don't want to receive prescreened offers of credit and insurance, you can opt out of receiving them for five years or permanently.  To opt out for five years: Call toll-free 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or visit www.optoutprescreen.com. To opt out permanently: You may begin the permanent Opt-Out process online atwww.optoutprescreen.com. To complete your request, you must return the signed Permanent Opt-Out Election form provided after you initiate your online request. 

 

Cut down unwelcome calls using the National Do Not Call Registry.  It is a free, easy way to reduce the telemarketing calls you get at home. To register your phone number or to get information about the registry, visit www.donotcall.gov, or call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to register. You will get fewer telemarketing calls within 31 days of registering your number. Telephone numbers on the registry will only be removed when they are disconnected and reassigned, or when you choose to remove a number from the registry.

 

Cut down on unwelcome mail and e-mail by using the Direct Marketing Association's (DMA) Mail Preference Service (MPS) , which lets you opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial mail from many national companies for five years. When you register with this service, your name will be put on a "delete" file and made available to direct-mail marketers and organizations. This will reduce most of your unsolicited mail. However, your registration will not stop mailings from organizations that do not 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 DMA also has an Email Preference Service (eMPS) to help you reduce unsolicited commercial emails. To opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial email from DMA members, visitwww.dmachoice.org. Registration is free and good for six years.