On Your Side: Don't Call, Don't Write

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

January 23, 2007

You've all gotten them...calls from telemarketers, junk mail, and, of course, spam email. Who hasn't had their dinner interrupted by a telemarketer or their mail box completely clogged with credit card offers and bulk mailings?

They have one thing in common: they're annoying. But what can you do to get them out of your life?

The answer may be easier than you think.

A recent survey says 98 percent of respondents say they've received a telemarketing call that made them angry.

In 1995, creditcards.com says more than 6 billion credit card offers were mailed out. That's an average of 6 per household.

And get this: the Office of Pollution Prevention says more than 100 million trees are used to produce junk mail every year.

Here's some ideas to delete these issues from your life.

To get rid of most junk mail, you can head to www.dmaconsumers.org/consumerassistance.html.

To stop getting those credit card and insurance offers, you can go to www.optoutprescreen.com, or you can call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT.

From there you can opt out for 5 years or you can do it permanently.

For telemarketers, go to www.donotcall.gov, or you can call 1-888-382-1222.

Lastly, if you're already on the Do Not Call list and you still get an unsolicited telemarketing call, try and get the company name, maybe even a phone number. Then you can report it on whocalled.us.

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