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Nov 13, 2007

COMPILATION OF CONSUMER INFORMATION:

(a continuing work in progress)


The Direct Marketing Association Consumer Assistance site: http://www.dmaconsumers.org/

National Do Not Call Registry: http://www.donotcall.gov

OptOutPrescreenwww.OptOutPrescreen.com or (888) 567-8688

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies are permitted to include your name on lists used by creditors or insurers to make firm offers of credit or insurance that are not initiated by you ("Firm Offers"). The FCRA also provides you the right to "Opt-Out", which prevents Consumer Credit Reporting Companies from providing your credit file information for Firm Offers.

Through this website, you may request to:

  • Opt-Out from receiving Firm Offers for Five Years - (electronically through this website).

  • Opt-Out from receiving Firm Offers permanently - (mail Permanent Opt-Out Election form available through this website).

  • Opt-In and be eligible to receive Firm Offers. This option is for consumers who have previously completed an Opt-Out request - (electronically through this website).

If you choose to Opt-Out, you will no longer be included in firm offer lists provided by these four consumer credit reporting companies.      If you are not receiving firm offers because you have previously completed a request to Opt-Out, you can request to Opt-In. In doing so, you will soon be among the many consumers who can significantly benefit from having ready access to product information on credit and insurance products that may not be available to the general public.

Marketing Lists Removal (Email, Phone, Fax, Global Removal): http://www.remove.org

New American Dream (Getting Off Junk Mail Lists): http://www.newdream.org/Junkmail/form.php

Better Business Bureau (Understanding Privacy): http://www.bbbonline.org/understandingprivacy/

NSF International (Consumer Affairs News): http://www.nsf.org

American Institute of Philanthropy (Reduce Unwanted Mail and Phone Charitable Appeals): http://www.charitywatch.org/articles/seventips.html

*Fundraising Reduction Form: http://www.charitywatch.org/articles/fundraising.html

ShopWise/ADVO, Inc. (Unsubscribe from Postal Mailing List—Think: “Have You Seen Me?” Postcards and Local Store Ads): http://www.advo.com/consumersupport.html

Consumer Credit Reporting Industry (Remove Your Name from Pre-Approved Credit and Insurance Offers): http://www.optoutprescreen.com

GreenDimes.com (Reduce Unwanted Junk Mail for the Ecofriendly Consumer): http://www.greendimes.com

Catalog Choice (This free online service makes removing your name from mailing lists easy.  Select the catalogs you don't want, and Catalog Choice will tell the companies for you.):  http://www.catalogchoice.org

41 Pounds (Ditto): http://www.41pounds.org/greenyoga

For only $41, the 41 Pounds service will contact 20-35 direct mail companies to remove your name from their distribution lists. This includes almost all credit card applications, coupon mailers, sweepstakes entries, magazine offers and insurance promotions, as well as any catalogs you specify.

The service reduces your junk mail by 80 - 95% for the next five years - and donates $15 to The Green Yoga Association.

41 Pounds does all the leg-work while we:

Save trees. More than 100 million trees are destroyed each year to produce junk mail. 42% of timber harvested nationwide becomes pulpwood for paper.

Reduce global warming. The energy used to produce and dispose of junk mail exceeds 2.8 million cars. That is a lot of pollution for something that you do not want or need.

Save water. About 28 billion gallons of water are wasted to produce and recycle junk each year. Water is too precious a resource to be wasted this way.

Save time. You waste about 8 hours a year dealing with junk mail.

It's that simple! Please sign up at http://www.41pounds.org/greenyoga or call 866-417-4141 right away!


*Remove your name and mailing address from any unwanted mailings by contacting the publisher or person (think: real estate agents!) directly via email, phone, or website. You have the RIGHT to decide whether or not you receive mail from commercial mailers! When making your request for removal, ALWAYS be sure to include the stipulation that your information also not be shared with THIRD PARTIES. Finally, make it habit to read PRIVACY NOTICES from financial institutions, insurance providers, etc.,: you can CHOOSE what information these companies can or cannot share within their network of companies and/or third parties with a simple phone call or by checking a box on a form.

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