You Can Opt-Out Of Pesky Sales Pitches

You Can Opt-Out Of Pesky Sales Pitches


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I average about three junk mail sales pitches per day and at least one call daily from telemarketers. This, despite having opted out of various telemarketing and bulk mail lists over the past few years. Just when I think I’m “home free” another wave of salespeople tracks me down.

By law, companies who you instruct to not call aren’t allowed to bother you again or they will risk facing severe penalties. Regardless, the only way to ensure that most telemarketers don’t call is by contacting:

National Do Not Call Registry: 888-382-1222 (call from the phone number — cell and/or home — you wish to register) or go online to DoNotCall.Com. There is no charge for this service.

If it is junk mail you want to stop then contact:

Direct Marketing Association: Mail Preference Service, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512 or go online to DMA Consumers. There is a $5 fee for this service when registering online, otherwise it is free by regular mail.

Finally, if you want to stop those “pre-approved credit card” offers from appearing, then contact: or call 888-567-8688. This is particularly a good idea if you are concerned that someone might steal your mail and sign up for credit cards in your name. There is no charge for this service.

Cutting back on your junk mail will mean less trips to the shredder and you’ll do your part (albeit small) to discourage the wasteful use of natural resources (paper, oil, etc.) for stuff you really don’t want to receive.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".