Prevent Identity Theft -- Remove Your Name from Direct Marketing Lists

Protect you personal information from direct marketers and make strides to prevent identity theft

How would you like to prevent identity theft and have fewer headaches at the same time? You can accomplish both of these feats if you cut off direct marketers. Identity thieves strive on your personal information. One way they gain access to your information is through direct marketing. Cut off the marketers and you can lower your odds of theft and stop those annoying phone calls at the same time.

Preventing Identity Theft

Don't you hate those annoying calls? They always seem to come at the most inconvenient times -- like during dinner or after a hard day's work. Of course, you really don't want these calls any time. Not only are they irritating, but the information direct marketers get their hands on is sold to third parties who may use the information for theft.

One of the best ways to prevent identity theft is to limit direct marketer's access to your personal information. The less information they have, the less personal information is 'floating' around for thieves to grab. Thieves can't steal your identity if they don't have access to your personal information.

So, how do you accomplish this? Simple. Remove your name from direct marketing lists. Here's how:

Permanently remove your name from the pre-approved mail offer lists -- call 888.5OPT.OUT (888.567.8688) or visit www.optoutprescreen.com.

Add your name to the National Do-Not-Call Registry -- call 888.382.1222 or visit the main Do-Not-Call Registry website at www.fcc.gov/cgb/donotcall.

Add your name to "name deletion lists" used nationwide by marketers. Visit www.dmachoice.org to find out how to do this.

Tell your credit cards, insurance companies, banks, and investment firms they do not have your permission to share your personal information.

Tell your credit card company not to send unsolicited checks.

The annoying calls of direct marketers are just the beginning. Stop these calls in their tracks, not only for peace and quiet, but also as a way to prevent identity theft.

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