The Ultimate Stopping Junk Mail Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

Junk mail is sometimes referred to as:

Junk mail also goes by the name of unsolicited or direct mail.

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

Yes, the rumor is indeed true. There are definitely some people who don't want any junk mail at all.

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

Their names were Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck.

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

More than 62 billion pieces of junk mail are sent annually.

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

While our oceans might not be drying up because of it, it is true to say that the vast amount of trees and gallons of water needed to generate this much paper are harming our environment.

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

The company might sell your personal details, including your name, address, phone number, etc.

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

No, it's not necessary at all. You are protected by means of your receipt of purchase. It's only an underhanded manner for the manufacturer to learn information about you.

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What can you do to stop junk mail deliveries?

You can contact those businesses that sell lists and ask for your name to be removed.

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

It's only for five years. After that, you'd have to make the request again.

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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?

Don't worry; they don't sell your details any more. Companies that help you opt out just need to verify your details.

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About This Quiz

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.

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