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How to stop getting junk mail

How to Stop Unwanted Mail

The amount of junk mail sent each year in the USA is staggering - some
four million tons, nearly half of which is never opened. Reducing the
amount of junk mail you receive will lessen the impact that junk mail
production has on the environment.

Most companies and organizations sell your name and address unless you
specifically ask them to stop. To remove your name Junk Mail from most
mailing lists, send your name and address to:

    Mail Preference Service
    Direct Marketing Association
    P.O. Box 9008
    Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008 

Include your name and address in all the ways it appears on your junk
mail. The Direct Marketing Association estimates that listing with their
mail preference service will stop 75% of all national mailings to your
address. Requests to stop junk mail are kept active for five years and
will not affect companies you have previously ordered from. It may take
up to six months for a request to make a noticeable difference in your

Additional Ways To Stop Unwanted Mail

If you receive mail you don't want, let the sender know. Call the 800
number or return the reply card requesting to be taken off their mailing

When you give your name to a publication, store or organization, or when
you order a product, service or fill out a warranty card, request that
your name not be shared.

Credit card companies probably sell your name most often. Call and ask
them not to release your name and address to anyone for marketing,
mailing or promotional purposes.

Call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) to stop major credit companies
from sending you credit card offers.

Visit the following sites for additional information on how to stop junk
mail, telemarketing calls and junk e-mail:

    * www.junkbusters.com
    * www.stopjunk.com
    * www.obviously.com/junkmail

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