Try These Four Tips for Preventing Unsolicited Mail
Our #1, must-practice tip: Use the magic words “Please do not rent, sell, or trade my name or address.”
A note about warranties: Be advised that it is not necessary to fill out a warranty card to benefit from the warranty on your purchase. Warranty and registration cards are usually just a way to get consumer information from you which is then often sold to direct mailers. Read the fine print to see if you are required to return the card to validate the warranty.
Tip #2: Get on “in-house” credit card lists.
Contact your personal credit card companies and ask them to place your name and information on their “in-house” list that is not sold or traded to other companies. This will prevent more credit card offers from being mailed to your home.
Tip #3: Prevent charity solicitations.
If you contribute once a year to a charitable organization, ask them to send you only one donation request per year, or see if they can send you a paperless request via email.
Tip #4: Watch out for contests and free offers.
Their purpose is often to obtain your name for mailing lists or to sell you something. If you do sign up for one, be sure to use the magic words from tip #1.