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Mailbox full of junk? Here's how to stop it

Posted at 8:39 AM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 13:05:03-04
Is your mailbox full of junk? There is something you can do about it.
 
Go to optoutprescreen.com or call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688)
 
This will stop many pre-approved credit and insurance offers.
 
BUT, they will ask for your Social Security number and birth date to identify you. The Federal Trade Commission says they keep the information confidential.
 
You can also contact the Direct Marketing Association to remove other forms of junk mail. It will stop most mail coming from their members.
 
But sometimes, it isn't junk you find in your mailbox. Some of you let me know you get products you didn't order and a bill that goes with them. Do you have to pay?
 
The FTC says no. You can keep any unsolicited mail as a free gift.
 
If the business continues to pursue payment, you could offer to return it. But only if they pay all shipping and handling costs.