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Jan 14, 2009 at 09:13pm
Age: 10 yrs
Category: Web Technology
By: Charles Coleman
Opt-out for Phone, Email and Mail Marketing
You can run but you can't hide. Sadly, many people in the advertising business abuse their privileges and here are a few ways to hopefully curb these abuses.
You can run but you can't hide. Telemarketers call, emailers spam and bulk mailers send you junk mail. It can get very frustrating! There are ways to put a damper on the invasive techniques used by some marketers. Here are some useful tips to reduce the quantity of calls/emails/mails...
To stop these bothersome telemarketers, go to the website below or call the toll free number from the phone number you are going to restrict.
Put a clamp on a full mailbox of useless mail.
Mail Preference Service
Include your complete name, address and zip code. Be sure to include a request to "activate the preference service". This should stop a large portion of junk mail for up to five years.
The Direct Marketing Association claims that if you list with their mail preference service they will stop 75% of all national mailings to your address. It can take up to six months for your request to be fully processed. They process tens of thousands of requests each month and the requests are kept active for five years. If you move to a new address and fill out the post office change of address form, the DMA will track the new address. There might be a few months of mailings to the new address before they can process the change. You can also opt-out online for charge of $5. It is probably better to fill out their online form and mail them a printout.
Do not respond to any unsolicited e-mail messages even when the message gives you the option to opt out of receiving more e-mail. This is a trick used by spammers to confirm they hit a live address. If you respond in attempt to opt-out, your address goes to a prime list and is sold to other spammers.
Turn them in
When SPAM gets into your e-mail box, you should try turning it in to your ISP. All ISPs should have an e-mail address just for complaints that you can forward the SPAM to. Every piece of SPAM has an ISP name after the @ sign in the address. That is the ISP you should report the offensive SPAM to. You could turn in the unwanted SPAM to the FTC just to be sure.
You can get programs for cleaning your computer of unwanted spy and add-on infiltrators for free. If you go to the site link below, the programs Spyware Blaster, Spybot, or Ad-Aware are available at no charge.