The Direct Marketing Association has a website at www.dmachoice.org.
It is a Mail Preference Opt-Out database maintained to help companies remove people that do not want to receive future direct mail solicitations – from any source.
They offer this “mail suppression service to assist people in managing their marketing preferences and provide this suppression file to interested, responsible companies to build consumer and brand trust.”
If you wish to reduce the overall volume, (approximately 80%), of prospect promotional mail offers received from common mailings, you can register for “DMAchoice” along with a small fee.
- Online Registration: $4 fee for a 10-year registration period.
- Mail-In Registration: $5 fee for a 10-year registration period. – Complete the on-line form, print, sign, and mail it to:
P.O. Box 900
Cos Cob, CT 06807
DMA cautions that “this service will not eliminate all promotional material. It does not apply to promotional mail from companies or organizations that you have purchased, subscribed, or donated to within the past two years.” It also does not apply to small, local, independent retailers and restaurants, or political organizations.
You can also have your address removed from pre-screened solicitations by calling the national credit bureaus. All bureaus participate through a universal process that can be reached toll-free at 1-888-5-OPTOUT (1-888-567-8688). You can also subscribe online at www.optoutprecreen.com .
(Please note that since this is run by the credit bureaus, they will require your Social Security number).
- https://www.donotcall.gov/ : Learn how to register your phone number on the National Do Not Call list or file a complaint against any company not honoring your request. This list is administered and enforced by Federal Trade Commission.
- https://youradchoices.com/ : Learn how you can opt out of online ads that appear on websites you visit based on your browsing history.
- Consumer Email Tips: Comprehensive guide to email. Tips for keeping you safe from potential fraud or other malicious communications, general terms defined, and additional resources provided. (see attached pdf)
- https://www.ana.net/content/show/id/accountability-guidance-sweepstakes You should never provide personal, sensitive information or payment to receive a prize or win a sweepstakes. This guide provides you with tips to keep you safe.
- https://www.identitytheft.gov/#/ : If you believe that you are a victim of identity theft, please visit the Federal Trade Commission for additional information on what to look for and how to report and recover from it.
I hope you find this information helpful and useful.
This information was taken from a number of sites online but the majority is from www.dmachoice.org