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Here's How to Opt Out of Junk Mail, Telemarketing and Email Lists!

How much junk mail do you receive each month? Artist Annette Lawrence decided to find out--and make a statement with hers. Lawrence saved every scrap of unsolicited mail she received at her home for 13 months and used it to create an exhibit called Free Paper, which showed at the Flatbed Gallery. The grand total? 265 lbs over 395 days.
Source: Associated Press 

Direct mailers don't believe in the concept of opting in, so if you want to cut down on the amount of straight-to-the-trash mail you receive, you'll need to contact them directly and request that your name is removed. ForestEthics, the group behind the Do Not Mail Registry, has gathered several ways to contact the junk mailers. 

1. Call 1-888-567-8688 (888-5-OPT-OUT) to opt out of receiving credit card and insurance offers through your credit report information provided by the three credit bureaus--Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. To opt-out online, click here: https://www.optoutprescreen.com/?rf=t  

2. Be removed from the RedPlum Mailing List by calling 800-437-0479, and select option 3 (8:30 am-5:00pm EST) or by clicking this link and filling out the short form: https://www.redplum.com/mailing-list.aspx. You can opt to get emails instead of paper mailers for coupons. Note that it may take up to 5-6 weeks for this request to take effect. 

3. Email your removal request to Publishers Clearinghouse at privacychoices@pchmail.com--email them your name, address, email, and phone number and write "Opt Out" in the header of the email. 

4. Email your removal request to Abacus Direct at optout@abacus-us.com--email them your name, address, email, and phone number and write "Opt Out" in the header and in the email. 

5. Get off Val-Pak's list by filling out the form at 

6. DoNotMail.com notes, "Catalogs may stop coming when your other removal requests are processed, but you can always call the catalog company directly and ask to be removed from their list and any sister mailing lists." 

7. Visit the Federal Trade Commission's website for more opt-out options, such as through the DMV: https://www.ftc.gov/privacy/protect.shtm 

Opt Out of Junk Email:
Take the time to Unsubscribe from Junk Email Lists! Scroll to the bottom of each email marketing you no longer wish to receive and you should see an "unsubscribe" highlighted option. If not, email them directly with the subject heading reading, "Unsubscribe." After you've unsubscribed from a list, search your folders, inbox and spam box with the name of the list, like, "Macy's" or "Facebook." Select all emails from that list and click delete. Clearing out your email account will take a lot less time utilizing key-word search. 

Remove yourself from Telemarketing Lists:

Follow these steps each time a solicitor calls, and you'll avoid the ringing in your ears:

If you get a live person on the phone, politely interrupt them and ask to be removed from their calling list. Most will say ok, or simply hang up on you. By law, they have to add you to the do not call list once you ask. 

If you get a robotic telemarketing call, press number 9 on your phone. It'll often remove you on the spot. If the recording keeps going, press number 7 to be opted out. You can also hang up, call the number back, and usually there will be a prompt explaining how you can be removed from the list, often by simply pressing number 1. If you get a live person, ask to be removed from the list.

If you have a bunch of missed calls on your phone from out of the area or 800 numbers, it'll do you good to call them all back and opt out so they don't continue calling, because their systems are set up to repeatedly call at various times until someone answers.


Happy Opting Out!

Kiera Rain, Owner/Organizer
Bay Area Professional Organizer Co.