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How to stop junk mail

A government-commissioned report has said councils should be banned from selling edited versions of electoral rolls to firms which can use them to send junk mail. But how do you stop unwanted post? There are several organisations and websites where you can look for help:

MAIL PREFERENCE SERVICE

The Mail Preference Service is endorsed by Royal Mail and gives customers a choice of stopping the majority of junk mail.

They can be contacted at mps@dma.org.uk, or write to them at FREEPOST 29, LON 20771, London, W1E 0ZT.

Their website is www.mpsonline.org.uk

ROYAL MAIL

Customers who want to stop unaddressed post being delivered through their letterbox by Royal Mail their call helpline on 08457 950 950.

Their e-mail is optout@royalmail.com or write to Freepost RRBT-ZBXB-TTTS, Door to Door customer services - Opt-Outs, Royal Mail, Kingsmead House, Oxpens Road, Oxford, OX1 1RX.

DIRECT MARKETING ASSOCIATION

The Direct Marketing Association can help limit the amount of junk mail for those who sign up with it. They operate a series of lists and directories of those who do not want to receive direct mail, faxes or phone calls.

E-mail info@dma.org.uk or call 020 7291 3300. Their website is www.dma.org.uk

INFORMATION COMMISSIONER

If a direct marketer keeps sending junk, you can complain to the Information Commissioner's Office, which has imposed fines on some mailers.

Its helpline is open 0900 to 1700 Monday to Friday on 08456 30 60 60.


SEE ALSO
Councils 'happy not to sell data'
11 Jul 08 |  UK Politics

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