Bye Bye Junk Mail: Opt Out of Prescreened Credit...
Too much junk mail? Get rid of the prescreened credit card & insurance offers via this website [run by the big credit rating companies]. Opting-Out refers to the process for removing your name from lists supplied by the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies, Equifax, Experian, Innovis and TransUnion, to be used for firm (preapproved / prescreened) offers of credit or insurance.
I checked on the website of the Federal Trade Commission (ftc.gov) and it mentioned that this is the correct site to go to for opting out. I put all my information in and the SSN came back in all x's except for the last 4 so it looks like they do encript it. I did this a number of years ago and did not have any problems with anyone stealing my information.
Doesn't seem like a good idea since you have to give your social security number. Any thoughts on this?
Also, check out www.catalogend.com to opt out of tree killing catalogs.