Stop the Solicitation!

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By Selena Maranjian (TMF Selena)
December 28, 2001

Q. I'm tired of getting so many credit card offers in the mail. I already have a card and don't want any more mail offering me new ones. How can I stop it?

A. There are three main credit bureaus in the United States, and they've agreed that if someone contacts one of them and asks to be removed from junk mail (er, "direct mail") lists and telemarketing phone lists, they'll all honor the request. Here are the three and their websites: Equifax (, Experian (, and Trans Union (

While we're on the subject, you can opt out of even more junk mail and telemarketing calls by contacting the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). Here are the addresses to write to:

Mail Preference Service
Direct Marketing Association
PO Box 9008
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Telephone Preference Service
Direct Marketing Association
PO Box 9014
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Opting out through the DMA won't stop mail from local merchants, religious and charitable associations, professional and alumni associations, politicians, and companies with which you conduct business. To stop those, you'll have to contact each organization directly.

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