How to Stop Telemarketers and Junk Mail in Only 60 Seconds Each

Junk Mail

“Did I even sign up for this?”

It’s a question that comes to mind as we sift through junk mail, our spam-filled email inboxes and even when we answer the phone. If you want to take action against this unsolicited advertising, you’re in luck.

You can put an end to junk mail and unsolicited phone calls and emails in a few simple steps. These opt-out services are free, FTC-recommended and each one will take you about a minute to complete.

Stop Junk Mail

The Direct Marketing Association created DMAchoice.org, an online tool to help you manage the promotional mail you receive. Here you can easily opt-out of unsolicited commercial mail from many national companies for five years.

  1. Visit DMAchoice.org
  2. Create an account
  3. Login and select “Catalogs”
  4. Click the yellow button that says “Remove My Name”
  5. Repeat for “Magazines” and “Other”

Stop Preapproved Credit Offers

Preapproved credit offers aren’t your run-of-the-mill junk mail. If someone knows your Social Security number, like a family member, they can complete the preapproved application and receive credit in your name.

Avoid identity theft and fraud by opting-out of preapproved credit offers with OptOutPrescreen.com, a website provided by the major credit reporting bureaus.

  1. Visit OptOutPrescreen.com
  2. Click the button at the bottom that says “Click Here to Opt-In or Opt-Out”
  3. Select “Electronic Opt-Out for Five Years”
  4. Fill out the required information
  5. Repeat in five years

Stop Unsolicited Emails

The Direct Marketing Association also provides an email opt-out service on their website that prohibits businesses from sending you unsolicited promotional emails.

  1. Visit DMAchoice.org
  2. Click on “Email opt-out service”
  3. Provide your email address
  4. Verify your registration by clicking the link in your confirmation email

Stop Telemarketers

Opt-out of unsolicited phone calls by placing your number on the National Do Not Call Registry. While it is already illegal for telemarketers to contact your cell phone, you may still put your cell phone number on the list if you wish.

  1. Visit DoNotCall.gov
  2. Enter your phone numbers and email address here
  3. Verify your registration by clicking the link in your confirmation email

Unfortunately, there is a slight exception to this list — robocalls.

Robocalls are automated telephone calls that widely distribute prerecorded messages. You may have received one during elections on behalf of a political party with which you or someone in your household is affiliated. While this is a legal form of robocalling, it is illegal to use robocalling for unsolicited telemarketing.

If you receive an unsolicited telemarketing robocall, you should hang up and report your experience to the FTC online or by calling 1-888-382-1222.

Remember, each of these methods will only prohibit unsolicited attempts to contact you. If you have previously signed up to receive marketing materials from an organization, you must contact them directly to be removed from their list.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of EZShield Inc. alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of any other person or entity, including specifically any person or entity affiliated with the distribution or display of this content.

John is Corporate Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of Sontiq, the parent company of the EZShield and IdentityForce brands. He is a Certified Compliance...
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4 Comments

  1. This information is very helpful. Thank you. However, in some cases that I found online at blogs, or some websites like http://whycall.me, the DNC lists still have so many disadvantages. One of them has been mentioned in your article. The other one is, scammers. They will not obey the govt. rules, and still calling people even if their number is on this do not call lists. I still hope that in the future, government will be able to stop these unwanted callers from ruining our daily life.

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    • Thank you for your feedback and for sharing a great scam-fighting resource! You’re right, scammers won’t obey the DNC list but by being on the list you can more easily identify a scam (if someone’s calling you, it’s a scam). I’d recommend researching the number and reporting the incident to the FTC.

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      • Yes, the final step is always best to report their number to FTC if their calls seems suspicious. Also, maybe it is also good to share the number to our family and friends, so that they will be aware of these scammers, and maybe they will be able to protect themselves.

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