This week’s article is all about mail control. I have discussed in previous posts about the many reasons why a privacy advocate would want to protect their home address. One of the strategies to accomplish this is to opt-out and suppress your address from as many data brokers and advertising agencies as possible. This leaves your mailbox free of items addressed to you, and prevents your address from being abused.
Controlling junk mail has been a pet peeve of mine and I have collected a number of links to help a person get off of as many mailing lists as possible. I will provide the links below, and additional resources that you can research further if you so desire.
Completing these opt-outs will not only eliminate the majority of unwanted mail, but it will help protect your identity, your home address, and suppress your information from many of the major services that collect data on you and share it without your knowledge.
DMA Choice, Do Not Contact for Caretaker’s Registration
National Do Not Mail List
Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO)
Opt-out by Call 1-888-FICO-EDM (1-888-342-6336) or send an email to SharingOptOut@FICO.com
LexisNexis Suppression Requests (for victims & law enforcement only)
Epsilon.com AKA Abacus
email them here firstname.lastname@example.org
PennySaver (Removal Link)
Publishers Clearing House (Removal Link)
Reader’s Digest Sweepstakes
Contact email@example.com or call (877)732-4438
Datalogix’s cookie-based digital online advertising (LINK)
File a complaint with the FTC
File a Mail Fraud Complaint with U.S. Postal Inspection Service
How to Stop Scam Junk Mail Using a Prohibitory Order (LINK)
Stop Mail for the Deceased
Stopping mail for a deceased person can be accomplished by contacting these major data brokers. It will take about 90 days for the majority of junk mail to stop.
DMA Choice, Deceased Do Not Contact Registration
Epsilon.com AKA Abacus – opt-out a deceased person by calling (888) 780-3869 with the full name, address, and date of death of the deceased, and they will remove the individual from their databases.
Additional Information & Paid Services