The BBB explains how to stop spam, junk mail
The Better Business Bureau joined GMI Monday morning to help simplify your life by getting rid of a lot of junk mail and unwanted phone calls. Dale Dixon joined GMI with a list of things to do.
First, pre-approved credit card offers are an easy target for identity thieves who can steal incoming mail and use these offers to open fraudulent credit accounts. Stopping these pre-screened credit offers can help reduce the chances of identity theft. You can "opt-out" of receiving pre-approved credit card offers for at least five years by calling 1-888-5-optout (567-8688) or visiting optoutprescreen.com. This service is offered by the three major credit reporting bureaus, Equifax, Experian and Transunion. Go to dmachoice.org and opt out of mail from members of the Direct Marketing Association. DMA regularly updates its list, but it may take up to six months before solicitations from all DMA members stop.
Next, the national do-not-call registry is one of the best wayw to stop telemarketers. The Federal Trade Commission's national do-not-call registry is a free, easy way to reduce the telemarketing calls you get at home. To register your phone number or to get information about the registry, visit donotcall.gov, or call 1-888-382-1222.
Finally, to stop the spam text messages, try Privacystar.com. BBB national partners AT&T and Verizon have partnered with Privacystar to give you back control of your smartphone. The smartphone application, available for Android, Blackberry and iPhone, lets you block unwanted numbers, look up unknown numbers, and file a complaint with the FTC. Better Business Bureau has a number of resources to help you protect your identity and money. Find more at the BBB's website.