Junk Mail, Spam, Forwards, Phone Sales, and Assorted Stuff for Seniors

Apr 20th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Why do anonymous forms of communications tend to threaten and intimidate?  For some reason all the stuff that comes our way through mail, computers, telephones and so on seems to have some kind of endowed authority.  The truth is that none of us would receive the junk in any form if only we took control and managed very appropriate ways for eliminating it.  Here’s how:

When dealing with junk mail, if it comes with a return, stamped, self addressed envelope, fill it with the contents of the original solicitation.  Mark on one of the pieces with your address on it,” DO NOT SEND SOLICITATION MAIL.” Return to sender.  In short order, catalogs and other appeals will stop coming your way.

As for catalogs, simply find their email address or web site, indicate that you no longer wish to receive their junk email, return to sender and whamo, the pieces on your desk will be reduced within a matter of weeks.  You just have to take the initiative to let them know. 

Forwards, spam and other assorted undesirable solicitations which come by email should be deleted every time they show up, in addition  to informing the company that you wish no more such appeals coming your way.

Phone Sales are no different.  There are several ways to shut them down in short order.  If you are not on the Do Not Call List, research how to be sure your phone number(s) are removed.  Inform the caller, once, that if they do not desist calling you, you will report them and they will be subject to a hefty fine.  Finally, a very effective way to discourage is to just hang up.  Don’t listen.  Unless you want to be insulted, possibly ripped off by the slick sales pitch of a telephone solicitation call,  just discontinue the call with a disconnect.  There is nothing in telephone etiquette that says you must give solicitation calls the time of day. 

Anything else that you wonder about that comes through to you in almost any form may be electronically deleted, disconnected, or sent to the Recycle Bin for better use.



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