by Amy Lawrence

If you’re fed up with getting unwanted calls, texts, mail, e-mails and faxes, like I am, there are a few simple steps that you can follow to cut down on them.

According to an article in Consumer Connection, published by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, three common types of unwanted mail, advertising mail, credit card or loan offers and catalogs, can be stopped or at least cut down by following a few simple steps.  For stopping advertising mail, you can visit www.dmachoice.org and submit an online request that certain companies stop sending “unsolicited mail.”  The website www.optoutprescreen.com allows you to request that pre-approved credit offers will not be sent to you.  Also, by visting, www.catalogchoice.org, you can request to stop specific catalogs.

In addition to unwanted mail, the article also suggests several ways to prevent unwanted e-mail.  One way is by contacting the Direct Marketing Assoication’s DMAChoice E-mail Preference Service.  This will remove your e-mail address from national e-mail advertising lists.  Another way to prevent unwanted e-mail is by reporting violaters to spam@uce.gov.  You can also opt out or unsubscribe to e-mail from a company.

Unsolicited text advertising can be reported at www.FCC.gov.  By going to www.DoNotCall.gov or calling 888-835-5322, you can register your phone and stop many sales calls.  Lastly, the article recommends to “keep and report” unwanted faxes.  A complaint can be filed at www.ag.ca.gov or forwarded to the FCC at www.FCC.gov.

By following these steps, you can help to avoid those pesky unwanted calls, e-mails, faxes and letters.