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Fight Fraud- Helpful Resources

Trying to Get off a List?

“Take me off your list, Please!” You may have uttered these words during one of those annoying tele-marker calls. Take these simple steps to get off unwanted telemarketing and mailing lists. Unless noted, each service is free.

Opt out of unwanted solicitations
888-5opt-out (567-8688)
Call this number to get off most credit card and insurance solicitations. You will receive some offers in the mail, but those using the three major credit crediting agencies will take your of their lists.

Sign up for National Do-Not-Call Registry
Telephone numbers you place on the registry will remain on it permanently, due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008. Most tele-marketers (except charities and political affiliations) should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at You can register your home or mobile phone.

Sign up for the Mail Preference Service
Reduce the amount of junk mail that pile up in your mailbox for free. Register online. If you would rather send your information by mail, download the registration form at the Web address and send it along with a check for $1 (one dollar) to the Direct Marketing Association – the address is on the form.

Sign up for the Do Not Contact for Caretakers List
If you are a family member, friend, or caretaker and wish to remove the names of individuals in your care from commercial marketing lists, register for the Do Not Call List for Caretakers.

Sign up for the Deceased Do Not Contact List
If you are a family member, friend, or caretaker and wish to remove the names of deceased individuals from commercial marketing lists, register for the Deceased Do Not Contact List. You’ll be asked for an e-mail address when registering. Expect the number of commercial contacts to decrease within three months.

Sign up for CatalogChoice
Reduce the number of catalogs in your mailbox, or choose only the ones you wish to receive.

General Resources

Administration on Aging (AoA)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources
One Massachusetts Ave., Suites #4100 and #5100
Washington, DC 20201

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
601 E St. NW Washington, DC 20201
888-687-2277 – type “scam alert” in search box

American Bar Association – Commission on Law & Aging
740 15th St NW, 9th Floor Washington, DC 20005

Better Business Bureau

Charity Navigator

Eldercare Locator
1730 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Suite 1200 Washington, DC 20036
301-419-3900 outside the U.S.

National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)
920 S. Spring St., Suite 1200 Springfield, IL 62704

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