Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cut Down on Unwanted Mail and Calls

Here are some resources that can help you protect your identity, your credit and your wallet.

1. National Do Not Call Registry Register your home or mobile phone number for free to cut down on telemarketing calls. You can also call 1-888-382-1222.

2. DMAchoice -- a mail preference service offered by the Direct Marketing Association. This service divides direct mail into four categories: credit offers, catalogs, magazine offers (including subscription offers, newsletters, periodicals and other promotional mailings) and other mail offers (this includes donation requests, bank offers, retail promotions and more). For each of these categories, you can choose whether or not you want to receive mail from companies one at a time. Or, if you prefer, you can choose to stop receiving mail for all companies you haven't purchased from or donated to within an entire category. Any choices you make will be effective for three years from the date you make them. 212-768-7277, x1500

OptOut PreScreen
The official Consumer Credit Reporting Industry website to accept and process requests from consumers to Opt-In or Opt-Out of firm offers of credit or insurance. You can also call 1-888-567-8688.