I have written several letters to companies asking to be removed from their mailing lists. I also ask them to let me know how they received my name and address. So far I have only received one response. That was from a local non-profit agency. But of course, they said that they did not know where my name was obtained.
I have also started mentioning this web page in the hopes the fear of bad publicity would make these companies remove me from their lists. At this point, the companies I am awaiting responses from are:
- MCI (letter mailed December 13, 1997)
- American Business Lists (letter mailed December 22, 1997)
I have also written to the credit reporting agencies and asked that they stop releasing my name and address. The Congress passed a law that says as of September 1997 all offers of credit must include information on how to get your name removed from the lists. You can get more information at these links:
- Trans Union Corporation
There isn’t any accountability of the companies out there that are selling information about people. The Direct Marketing Association maintains a list of people that don’t want to recevie junk mail. But it is totally optional. So why should companies join it? The United States Post Office is making money by delivering junk mail. So why should they try to minimize it? There should be a law that says any piece of commercial mail must have a means for consumers to be removed from the mailing list. And consumers should also be able to find out how their name and address was obtained in the first place. Heavy penalties should be enacted if a company is not accurately maintaing its mailing lists.
Maybe the United States should do what the Canadian post office does. Each mailing address can place a card on their box that says “No Junk Mail”. And then the mail carrier won’t deliver any junk mail to that box.