I spoke with a police officer this week who reminded me that many crooks are old fashioned and still steal personal information from trash put out for garbage collection. Then there are the dishonest who take information illegally by accessing computers.
One way to slow these people down, reducing your exposure to identity theft and making your life more pleasant at the same time is to eliminate the unwanted phone calls, post office delivered mailings and e-mails. You can stop the unsolicited contact by registering with the following sources:
- Stop phone call solicitations –
Register with the National Do Not Call Registry www.donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222
- Stop pre-approved credit card and insurance offers –
You can opt out for 5 years or permanently, but will have to give your Social Security number. Call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT or go online at optoutprescreen.com
- Stop unsolicited commercial mail from national companies for 5 years –
www.dmachoice.org or mail your request with $1 processing fee to DMAchoice, Direct Marketing Association, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512
- Stop unsolicited e-mails from many national companies for 6 years –
Take a few minutes and sign up for these resources. It will be a grand gift to you, provide added identity theft protection and simplify your life at the same time.
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