Does it ever feel like you get more junk mail than “real” snail mail these days? Don’t worry, you’re not going crazy — it’s true.
According to the United States Postal Service, advertising mail (aka junk mail) represented 61 percent of all household mail in 2013. That’s a lot of trips to the mailbox that end up being a big waste of time…but never fear! There are people that are actually sitting and waiting to take that junk mail off of your hands. Identity thieves.
Identity thieves love that we hate junk mail. They know that as soon as we get those unwanted credit card offers, restaurant menus, and debt consolidation letters, we’re going to drop them in our recycling bins, and then put those bins out in front of our houses. They also love to steal junk mail out of our mailboxes, knowing we’ll never miss the letters because we never knew they were there in the first place.
But what can we do to stop this from happening? In the past, we’ve shared tips about how to cut down on junk mail, but today, we want to shine a light on a service that IdentityForce provides members as a part of our enhanced identity theft protection service: Junk Mail Opt Out.
How IdentityForce’s Junk Mail Opt Out Works
If you are already an IdentityForce member and subscribe to UltraSecure or UltraSecure+Credit, you are currently enjoying Junk Mail Opt Out as part of your membership. We remove your name from the most frequently used marketing databases to try and put a stop to the types of direct mail that fraudsters love to get their hands on, like insurance, investment, and financial accounts. It’s just one of the ways that IdentityForce provides members with enhanced identity theft protection, from a fraud and privacy perspective.
After about 60-90 days from the time we have your name removed from the most popular marketing databases, you should see a major decrease in the amount of junk mail you receive. Unfortunately, this does not mean it will completely stop. If some random companies still find a way to get their offers into your mailbox, try reaching out to them directly to remove your information from their lists.
Also, be sure to shred any junk mail you receive instead of tossing it into your recycling bin immediately. The shreds of paper can still be recycled, but it will be significantly harder for an identity thief to steal your personal information.
One more tip? Some people like to use locked mailboxes so that if junk mail does get delivered to your house, thieves have no way to open the mailbox and steal your information.
Successfully opting out of junk mail isn’t just an effective way to ward off identity thieves, either — it’s a great way to go green and protect the environment. The production of junk mail in the U.S. uses about 100 million trees annually, so if we are able to help you stop receiving unwanted mail and save the environment at the same time, we consider that a big win.
If you are not currently an IdentityForce member, but would like to be, check out our enhanced identity theft protection plans and pricing. Remember: Junk Mail Opt Out is included in your membership!