Trans World Assurance Blog

Privacy & Other Opt-Out Tactics (Jeff Burch, Money Book)

Posted on Wed, Apr 20, 2011


Reduce unwanted telemarketing phone calls:
Register with “National Do Not Call Registry”: 888.382.1222 or visit: www.donotcall.gov If you get a call from a company that you do business with, ask to be placed on its internal “Do Not Call List.”

State Do Not Call List:
26 states (with several other states pending) share their data with the national registry. To get on the Do Not Call List from your state visit: www.donotcallprotection.com/state_do_not_call_list_signup.shtml

Block your cell phone number permanently:
Dial 611 from your cell phone; then request "line block" from your carrier, and your number will never show up to anyone again. However, if a situation arises where you want your number to show, dial *82 in front of number you are calling. EXAMPLE: *82 (555) 555-5555


Block your cell phone number temporarily: 
When calling, block your cell phone number by dialing *67 in front of the number you are calling.Example: *67 (555) 555-5555.

Option C:
If you want to receive calls, but keep your phone number private, use call forwarding service. The person calling will dial a number that will connect to your phone, without knowing your real number. There's several call forwarding services, just Google to find one. 

Opt out on the internet:
Stop sharing of online cookie data with advertisers by visiting: www.networkadvertising.org

Use privacy search Engines:
The search engine “Ixquick” deletes search queries after 48-hours. Conversely, Yahoo retains search queries for 13-months and Google 18-months. To download, visit:www.ixquick.com/eng/download_ixquick_plugin.html

Furthermore, the search engine Ask.com offers a privacy feature called “AskEraser”. Go to www.ask.com, click on “AskEraser” and your search activity is deleted from Ask.com servers.

Freeze credit report:
You can deny “access” to your credit reports in all 50 states. This will reduce your risk of identity theft. To learn more, visit: www.consumersunion.org/campaigns//learn_more/003484indiv.html.

To remove your name from national companies that do direct mail marketing, telemarketing, rents or sells your name to other companies, send your letter / post card with your name address and phone number to: 

1. DMA Mail Preference Service
P.O. Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512
or you can register by phone: 212-768-7277, ext. 1500

2. DMA Telephone Preference Service 
P.O. Box 1559
Carmel, NY 10512 

3. DMA E-Mail Preference Service at www.dmachoice.org: Follow instructions to remove your e-mail address from many direct e-mail lists. 

If you write to the DMA you’ll be removed from the DMA-member lists for five years, but it may take several months before you see a decrease in amount of solicitations.

Opting out will not end solicitations from all local merchants, religious and charitable associations, professional and alumni associations, politicians, and companies. To eliminate mail from these groups – as well as mail addressed to “occupant” or “resident” – write directly to each source.

Opt out of pre-approved unsolicited credit card offers: Get rid of credit offers for 5-years with a call, or permanently, by mailing the Opt-Out form, through their web site. Call 888.567.8688 or visit www.optoutprescreen.com.

Opt Out of Acxiom: Acxiom is one of the sources of addresses and phone numbers for telemarketers and mass mailers. To Opt-Out call 877.774.2094 or by e-mail optoutUS@acxiom.com. Should opting out with Acxiom become a problem, visit the website www.private-citizen.com to help get rid of them.

Opt out of Abacus: Abacus collects a cooperative database of catalog customers. When you order products from one catalog, that company is likely to sell your contact information to other catalog companies. To opt-out of the Abacus database, write to Abacus, P.O. Box 1478, Broomfield, CO 80038 or by email at abacusoptout@epsilon.com. Include full name (add middle initial) and current address (and previous address if you have moved within the last 6 months). For more information, visit www.abacusoptout.com

Protect Your Financial Privacy: Read privacy notices from your bank, credit card, insurance, and investment companies. By law, as a requirement, financial institutions must mail privacy notices to you yearly. Take full advantage of any opt-out opportunities regarding the sharing of customer data.

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