The Ultimate Stopping Junk Mail Quiz
by Staff
Despite our being in the age of electronic information, digital gadgetry and ever-sophisticated technology, it is amazing how much hard-copy junk mail we receive per year. And some of us don't like it at all. Thankfully, there is a way to stop it. Take our quiz and find out how.

Junk mail is sometimes referred to as:

  • unsolicited mail
  • direct mail
  • both of the above

Is it true that some people don't want to receive any junk mail at all?

  • No, everybody wants to receive at least some junk mail.
  • Yes, it is true.
  • Neither of the above is correct.

What were the names of the first 19th-century businesses to send out direct mail?

  • Guggenheim Mining Industries and Sidney Myer Haberdashery
  • Cornelius Vanderbilt Railroads, Inc. and Levi Strauss Clothing Company
  • Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck

How much junk mail is sent annually in the U.S.?

  • 22 billion pieces
  • 42 billion pieces
  • 62 billion pieces

What is the environmental impact of these large quantities of junk mail?

  • It means destroying 100 million trees and using 28 billion gallons of water.
  • It only requires a small amount of trees and water to generate this amount of junk mail.
  • Our oceans are drying up and our forests dwindling because of the amount of paper needed.

When you conduct business with a company, what might that company sell to a direct marketer?

  • your credit card and PIN code numbers
  • your personal details
  • a database copy of the item you purchased

Is it necessary to fill out a warranty and return it to a manufacturer?

  • Yes, or you will have no recourse if something goes wrong.
  • No, because the receipt alone is sufficient protection.
  • No, because they don't look at it anyway.

What can you do to stop junk mail deliveries?

  • Nail a cover over your mail box.
  • Contact businesses that sell lists of names to direct marketers and ask them to remove you from their lists.
  • Call the post office and ask them to stop the junk mail at their end.

According to U.S. law, a credit-reporting agency must honor a consumer's request to be removed from their credit offer lists for:

  • five years
  • forever
  • until further notice

In order to get your information out of circulation, you might have to provide your personal details in the opt-out process. Why is this?

  • It's just bureaucratic formality.
  • They use it for verification purposes only.
  • They sell on your details further before taking you off the list.