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.
1. Use Optoutprescreen.com
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.
Option 1: 5-Year Opt-Out
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.
Option 2: Permanent Opt-Out
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.
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:
Full legal name (including variations)
Telephone number (including area code)
Written statement expressing your wish to be removed from mailing lists, telemarketing lists, or targeted online advertising.
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:
First, middle, and last names (including suffixes)
Current mailing address
Previous addresses (if you’ve moved within the last six months)
Home telephone number with area code (for telephone preference service)
Social security number
Date of birth
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
3. Register with DMA Choice
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.
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.
Currently, there are hundreds of data broker sites in the U.S. alone, and many are notorious for relisting information even after a removal request. Deleting data manually from these platforms and monitoring its potential reappearance just isn’t possible for most people.
That’s why we launched DeleteMe, a service dedicated to removing your personal information from data-broker platforms. Our service removes customer data from over 580 data brokers (review our full list) and ensures it stays off these sites.
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.
Will Simonds runs Senior Marketing Operations at DeleteMe, and is a steadfast privacy advocate who has a resolute dedication to online privacy solutions and helping people regain their privacy.
Since joining DeleteMe in 2015, Will has worked in a number of different roles.
From launching the DeleteMe affiliate program, creating and maintaining hundreds of opt-out guides, fine-tuning DeleteMe’s customer communications and improving website conversion efficiency, Will lives and breathes DeleteMe.
Will earned his BBA from Endicott College.