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Sunday, November 10, 2013
How to Stop Junk Mail from the Postal Service
All companies, churches
and non-profits sell your personal information including the postal service.
Here are some ways to fight back.
Explicit or sexual advertisements
advertisements and mail by completing the USPS Form 1500. You can return the
form to your local post office or mail the form along with the opened sexual
Pricing and Classification Service Center
PO BOX 1500
New York NY 10008-1500
First class mail
Cross out the address and bar code, circle
the First class postage stamp and write "Refused: Return to Sender".
Drop the mail in any mail box and it will be returned to the sender. Do this
for each piece of mail you receive.
If "address correction requested"
is written on the label, circle "address correction requested" and drop the mail in any mail box
and it will be returned to the sender.
To stop mail
addressed to former residents
for "current resident”
Write "Please activate the mail
preference service", and include the former resident name, address, and
and some bulk mail
Fill out a change
of address form for each previous resident. Write
"Moved, Left No Forwarding Address" as the new address. Sign your own
name and write "Form filled in by current resident of the house, [Your
Name], agent for the above". Hand this form directly to your mail carrier,
if possible who must approve the form and ensures that it is entered into the
post service National Change of Address (NCOA) database.
Write the U.S.
Postal Service Consumer Affairs department expressing your dissatisfaction with
junk mail policies: