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3 Simple Steps You Can Take to Halt Junk Mail in 2019

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Brandon Farber

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3 Simple Steps You Can Take to Halt Junk Mail in 2019

Start the new year by stopping unwanted mail from clogging your mailbox and trash can. Here's how.

1. Stop prescreened offers

If you receive but don’t want preapproved offers for credit cards or insurance — also known as prescreened offers — visit OptOutPrescreen.com and opt out of these offers. 

2. Opt out with your financial institutions

Federal law also allows financial companies like banks to share their customers’ information with certain third parties for specific purposes.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) details this on its “Privacy Choices” webpage. Privacy notices that you should receive from your financial institutions at least annually also detail the institutions’ information sharing practices as well as opt-out instructions.

The Data & Marketing Association (DMA), a trade group formerly known as the Direct Marketing Association, maintains a consumer website called DMAchoice.orgto help you manage the direct mail that you receive.

According to the site, direct mail includes:

  • Credit offers
  • Catalogs
  • Magazine offers
  • Other mail offers

“You can request to start or stop receiving mail from individual companies within each category — or from an entire category at once,” the website says.

Registering with DMAchoice.org is not free, though. It entails a $2 processing fee


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