Unsubscribe from Paper Spam

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I’ll be real with you; I never check my mail. It piles up in my mailbox for days at a time. I’m sure I’m not alone in this, most people have moved to online bill paying. What’s collecting in my mailbox is basically the physical equivalent of a spam email. I’m getting unsolicited catalogs, ads, coupons, and credit card offers.

According to the Washington Post, American receives an average of 41 pounds of junk mail per year. Yikes!

I don’t let unsolicited emails fill up my inbox, why should my mailbox be any different?

There is another problem with this paper spam. Most of it goes right into the trash. Little did you know, your trash could be a gold mine for identity thieves and those pre-approved credit card offers are like scratching off a winning lottery ticket.

There is a way we can unsubscribe.

To get out of those pesky credit card offers, visit OptOutPrescreen.com.

Disclaimer: You will need to provide your social security number to opt-out. Before you fill out their form, make sure you are on a secure WiFi network, like at home or at work. The free wifi at Starbucks is not the place to do this.

Next tackled the rest of the junk mail. Visit directmail.com to remove your address from marketing distribution lists.

Once you’ve opted out, protect the information on the mail that you do receive. Redact your data using an Identity Theft Stamp. I keep mine in my kitchen junk drawer, and redact my info before I toss my mail into the garbage.