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Jennifer Hachigian Jerrard
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A few weeks ago I read some tips on how to avoid identity theft. One tip suggested filling out the online form at OptOutPrescreen.com to stop credit card junk mail for up to five years.

So, I filled it out. I did NOT use my Social Security number, since that information was "optional." I just used my name and address. So far, so good. It didn't stop the flood of junk mail completely, but most of it's now gone.

If you're interested in cutting down on clutter in your mailbox, check it out.

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ApeLad
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There is one fun way to take out your aggression on credit card solicitations: send them something in the prepaid envelopes they send. I have a friend (really, it wasn't me I promise) who would send a piece of flat metal in those, so it would be heavy and so they would have to pay for the mailing. I've sent coupons or other random scraps of paper. Hopefully someone on the other end enjoys the surprises.
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Greg B
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Apelad, ROFL! Sending heavy metal in pre-paid envelopes!

Now THAT'S a good one! [thumbsup]

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bronnie
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Some people send bricks!
Hey, whatever works!
http://www.tipmonkies.com/2005/11/22/stopping-junk-mail-and-annoying-phone-calls/

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The brick trick is familiar to me.

Unfortunately, the Post Office, under revised rules, will skip delivery of many such things:
'Rule 917.243(b) in the Domestic Mail Manual: 'When a business reply card is “improperly used as a label”— such as being affixed to a brick—the package may be treated as “waste” and not delivered, which means no charge to the recipient.'

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Oh yeah, how could I have forgotten this bookmark:

POSTAL EXPERIMENTS

Excerpt from a comprehensive article:

Testing the Limits

We sent a variety of unpackaged items to U.S. destinations, appropriately stamped for weight and size, as well as a few items packaged as noted. We sent items that loosely fit into the following general categories: valuable, sentimental, unwieldy, pointless, potentially suspicious, and disgusting. We discovered that although some items were never delivered, most of the objects of even highly unusual form did get delivered, as long as the items had a definitely ample value of stamps attached. The Postal Service appears to be amazingly tolerant of the foibles of its public and seems occasionally willing to relax specific postal regulations.

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Jennifer Hachigian Jerrard
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quote:
bronnie posted:

http://www.tipmonkies.com/2005/11/22/stopping-junk-mail-and-annoying-phone-calls/

Thank you for posting that link, bronnie. I just signed up for a five-year removal from the DMA marketing list. That should further reduce my mailbox clutter.

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