One of the best (and easiest) ways to protect yourself from ID theft and telemarketing fraud is to remove your information from marketing lists.
Don’t play direct mail sweepstakes or talk to telemarketers.
Sign up for the National “No Call” List for both your home and cell phones at 1-888-382-1222 or Do Not Call
Tell phone companies and others with whom you do business to put you on their “DO NOT CALL LISTS” - your right under a Federal Rule established in 1996.
Contact the credit reporting agencies to “opt out” of unsolicited credit card offers: 1-888-567-8688 or Opt Out (it’s okay to enter your Social Security Number.)
Call the customer service numbers for your credit card (s) and ask to “OPT OUT” of marketing programs, including “convenience checks.”
Opt out of e-mail and direct mail by contacting the Direct Marketing Assn. at Consumer Assistance, or by writing to Mail Preference Service, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512. Include any version of your name used in mailings and your complete address with a letter requesting your name be removed.
Make an annual charitable giving plan and donate to just a few charities. Ask that your name not be shared with other organizations.