Created: 1995. Updated: 2004


How to Get Rid of Junk Mail, Spam, and Telemarketers

This website offers tips, techniques, specific addresses to write, and numbers to call to get off those nasty junk mailing lists and telemarketing lists across the U.S. It's easy to eliminate almost all of your junk mail. In doing so, you also reduce paper waste and help the environment!
This information was compiled over a number of years to help me keep off mailing lists. It became a pastime, not an obsession, yet the end result was this rather substantial repository of information. In order to help disseminate this information as widely as possible, you may copy and reproduce this information with appropriate credit, and of course link to this page. I have tried to keep information as current as possible, and would appreciate e-mail containing relevant updates. (Of course, I assume no liability for anyone's use of this information. Note that I am not directly affiliated with, nor do I receive commission from, any organization mentioned in this document.) Enjoy!          Fred Elbel

  1. Basic Facts
  2. General Guidelines - the first steps
  3. Additional Action and followup
  4. Hot Tips to keep in mind
  5. DMA List Suppression - Mail Preference Service
  6. The US Post Office and their role
  7. Phone Book Delivery - why not search online instead!
  8. Handbill Delivery Services invade your property
  9. Contacts and Details on list brokers, credit Bureaus, and junk mailers
  10. Junk e-mail and spam - what you can do, including filtering, lists of spammers, plus news and legislation on spam
  11. Usenet Newsgroups - where spamers flourish
  12. Anti-spam Legislation - support strong opt-in legislation
  13. Telemarketing and those nasty phone calls
  14. Junk faxes
  15. Internet Domain abuse
  16. Privacy Issues and organizations, including computer-related issues
  17. Links to other excellent web pages
  18. Signs - get rid of "Rent to Own", "Lease Purchase", "Work at Home", "We Buy Houses" and other obnoxious signs.

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Copyright 1995-2004 Fred Elbel. This material may be freely used and distributed only for non-commercial purposes, with credit. Nothing in this web site should be construed as legal advice. This web site is provided for information purposes only. Opinions presented are those of the author (or of other contributors as indicated). Trademarks and copyrighted items remain the property of the owner.