Dear Consumer Ed:

How can I stop the amount of junk mail I get?

Consumer Ed says:

There are several things that you can do to reduce the amount of unwanted “junk mail” being sent to your house.

To stop pre-approved credit and insurance offers for five years, call 1-888-5-OPTOUT (567-8688) or visit www.optoutprescreen.com.

In addition, the Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Mail Preference Service at www.dmachoice.org allows you to opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial mail from national companies for five years. They also have an option to reduce unsolicited commercial e-mails. 

Finally, you should write to the three major credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – notifying them that you do not want your personal information shared for promotional purposes.  This will limit access to your information, which will keep you off mailing lists.

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