How to unsubscribe from junk mail

Junk mail is really annoying and wastes a ton of resources. Streamline your life and save yourself some time by unsubscribing from mailings you’re not interested in.


DMAchoice (junk mail)

National Do Not Mail list (junk mail)

Catalogue Choice (unsubscribe from specific catalogues)

OptOutPrescreen (pre-approved credit card offers; will need to provide your Social Security number since that’s how credit is organized)

General junk mail info

Completing all of the above opt-out forms will remove your name from most mailing lists, but you may still get some mail. For example, if you have previously done business with a company (purchased something, have a bank account with them) then they will continue to contact you. You will have to unsubscribe from these solicitations one by one, either by calling or sending a letter. Some large companies have unsubscribe tools on their websites.

Some junk mail is unavoidable. The United States Postal Service has a mailing program called Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) where a company will pay to have a mailer delivered to every address in an area. Because it is not addressed to you, you can’t unsubscribe from the company and you can’t unsubscribe from EDDM. What I’ve done is simply put a note to the mailman inside my mailbox saying that I don’t want any EDDM.


National Do Not Call Registry (telemarketers; report unwanted phone calls) (Note: telemarketers aren’t allowed to call cell numbers and can be reported)

Online Ads:

Digital Advertising Alliance WebChoices (stop advertisers from tracking and saving your browsing history to customize ads)

AdBlockPlus or uBlock Origin (block ads) (uO blocks more ads and uses less memory; ABP tries to encourage less disruptive ads by allowing some to remain) AdBlock is now owned by a Chinese company and is no longer recommended.

Disconnect (stop tracking) No longer recommended


Good luck!

9 Replies to “How to unsubscribe from junk mail”

    1. TIP: Google “company name + stop junk mail” to locate their direct opt out link or their procedure to stop postal mailers.

      * Clipper (Clipper Magazine, Local Flavor, Mint magazine, REACH, Great Deals, Market magazine, Get1Free, Prestigious Living, Home & Decor Ideas, House 2 Home) now has there own opt out link –

      * MsPark updated link – – Enter name as it appears on mailer (ex. Postal Customer). Phone number 555-555-5555 & fake/junk email)

      * ValPak (opt out every 3 years) – – Name = name on ValPak mailer (ex. To Our Friends at) – Do NOT enter phone number or email!

      * AAA – (enter zip code 00000)
      Need Middle initial- if mailer is in past resident name locate their middle initial via website truepeoplesearch.

      * AARP – Live chat option via website – past resident mailers sign in with their name and a fake/junk email established for them (ex. RemovemyinfoXX@)

      AARP members (current/past) – log into account (if you have your member number – establish an online account), select “my account” via gear with letter A in middle or under menu under name, select “communications preferences”, select “limited renewal notices”.

      * Beltone – (First name = “The xxxxx” & Last name = “Residency”) &

      Mailer may not have return address or indication of who from – postal imprint Bolingbrook, IL Permit 787 or just 787

      * Carshield – (need ID number inside mailer – may be printed above name on address label)

    1. If Spectrum mailer is addressed to business name use this link -

      Spectrum removal tips – enter name/address EXACTLY how it appears on the mailer. After you opt out actual names (including past residents) you will then receive mailers addressed to “Current Resident” (Current = first name & Resident = last name). If you do NOT receive phone/emails do NOT enter this Info – unless you want to start to receive their calls/emails!! Be sure to select “do not mail” & “do not knock”.

      Spectrum uses six separate mailing lists that you MUST remove EACH name/address variation (including Current Resident, Residential Customer, Resident & past resident names) from to completely stop these mailers. Use the opt out link EACH time you receive a Spectrum mailer.

  1. I’ve emailed Verizon at to unsubscribe. Looking at a company’s privacy policy (usually linked at the bottom of every web page) is a great way of finding a relevant email address to contact. This works even for companies that try to prevent people from emailing them.

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