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Reducing Unwanted Calls and Junk Mail

Are you tired of digging through piles of junk mail to find bills, bank statements, and letters? Are you constantly interrupted by telemarketing calls? If you are, you are not alone. It is estimated that nearly four million tons of junk mail is sent every year - half of which is never opened. The Attorney General’s Office offers the following tips for reducing junk mail and telemarketing calls.

Reducing Telemarketing Calls

Avoid “Do Not Call” Scams
Calls asking you to confirm your registration on the “Do Not Call” registries by providing personal information or charging you a pre-registration fee are scams. The FTC does not allow private companies or other third parties to “pre-register” consumers. Registration under the Do Not Call law is free and no confirmation of personal information is necessary.

Reducing Junk Mail

Your name should be removed from DMA member lists for three years. (It may take up to three months for you to see a decrease in the amount of mail you receive.) Remember, this does not eliminate all junk mail. You will continue to receive mail from companies and organizations that do not belong to the DMA.

For more information about telemarketing calls and junk mail, contact the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office as follows:

Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson
1400 Bremer Tower
445 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 296-3353
TTY: (651) 297-7206
TTY: 1-800-366-4812

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