Tired of having your mailbox crammed with credit card junk mail?
Well, you’re not alone! Getting endless amounts of pre-approved credit card offers by mail can be extremely frustrating as well as feel like an invasion of privacy.
Fortunately, there are several options you can use to stop receiving credit card offers in the mail.
Optoutprescreen is a centralized service run by major credit bureaus Equifax, Experian, Innovis, and TransUnion. It’s these credit bureaus that sell your personal data to credit card issuers in the first place, who in turn send you the pre-approved credit card offers. Therefore, utilizing Optoutprescreen can help cut off the process at the source.
The site offers two options for credit card mail opt-out: 5 years or permanent.
To proceed with the 5-Year Opt-Out, you can either call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or fill out a form online.
This is how the process works online:
1. Go to optoutprescreen.com. Scroll down the page and click the “Click Here To Opt-In Or Opt-Out” button.
2. Choose “Electronic Opt-Out for 5 years” and click “Continue.”
3. Fill in your personal information, perform the CAPTCHA, and click “Confirm.” Note that providing your SSN, date of birth, and telephone number are voluntary fields and not required to process your request.
To proceed with the permanent opt-out, you can either call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or fill out a form online, detailed below.
1. Go to optoutprescreen.com. Scroll down the page to click “Click Here To Opt-In Or Opt-Out.”
2. Choose “Permanent Opt-Out by Mail” and click “Continue.”
3. Fill out your personal information, perform the CAPTCHA, and click “Confirm.” Again, note that certain fields pertaining to personal information are voluntary.
4. Print out and sign the document.
5. Mail the document to this address:
P.O. Box 530200
Atlanta, GA 30353
While Optoutprescreen should opt you out of all the bureaus’ marketing lists, you can gain some extra peace of mind by contacting bureaus individually. Here’s how:
To completely remove your profile from Experian you must go through several processes, all of which you can find on their opt-out page.
Specifically, to opt out of pre-approved offers contact Experian by phone at 1-402-458-5247, or by mail. To complete the opt-out request via mail you must provide the following information:
You can send this information via email to email@example.com or to this mailing address:
Experian Marketing Services
Attn: Opt-out Services
PO Box 80128
Lincoln, NE 68521
Removing yourself from Equifax is a bit more challenging than other bureaus, as the company doesn’t provide specific instructions to opt out (aside from using optoutpresreen.com).
However, you can contact a customer service line at 1-888-378-4329 to confirm your request to stop receiving mail from them.
To confirm your opt-out from TransUnion, it’s fairly simple. All you need to do is mail a request that includes the following information:
The request can be sent to this address:
TransUnion Opt-Out Request
P.O. Box 505
Woodlyn, PA 19094
Not unlike Equifax, Innovis also doesn’t offer an explicit opt-out service. To make sure you’ve been opted-out from Innovis, you need to contact their consumer assistance center.
Mail: PO Box 530088, Atlanta, GA 30353-0088
DMAchoice is a registry run by the Direct Marketing Association, which gives you an opportunity to choose the type of mail you want to receive. You can opt out from credit card offers, but also other types of mail as well, such as catalogs or magazine offers.
The registration costs $2 online or $3 via mail. Your registration with DMA will last for 10 years.
1. Fill out the DMAchoice Mail-In Form with all required information.
2. Click “Submit.”
3. Print the document.
4. Send it via mail to the address below (but not by certified or registered mail).
P.O. Box 900
Cos Cob, CT 06807
If you don’t have access to the Internet, you can register by sending your name and address (with signature) and a $3 fee (check or money order payable to ANA) to the same address.
However, keep in mind that the process via mail will take longer than online registration. Also, any categorical or specific opt-out requests or preferences are not offered via mail.
1. Go to dmachoice.org and click “Register” or “Get Started.”
2. Fill out the form, perform the CAPTCHA, and click “Payment.”
3. Pay the fee and follow the steps as prompted.
After completing the registration, the amount of unwanted mail you receive should reduce significantly. Additionally, you have the opportunity to opt out of emails and phone calls.
Using any of the above options will reduce the amount of credit card junk mail you receive, at least for some time. However, if you want to eliminate it permanently, you will need to remove yourself from data-broker sites.
Data brokers are platforms that search and collect your personally identifiable information from public sources and sell it to advertisers that want it—including credit providers. In other words, to make sure credit card junk mail stops permanently, you need to remove yourself from these sites as well.
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Now that you have a better idea about how to stop credit card junk mail, don’t lose your temper if you try all these methods and continue to receive it. It can take up to 3 months for information to be removed from these lists effectively and the credit card offers to stop.
If the mail still continues after several months, file a complaint with The Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Collect any evidence these companies have not respected your wish to not be contacted, add any verifiable proof (e.g. screenshots), and fill out this online form.
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