Just a Theory

By David E. Wheeler

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Mindful of the fact that Ovid has suffered identity theft, and more than once, at that, and that it’s incredibly easy for someone to get a credit card in your name, I was happy to hear from a friend that you can have your name removed from the pre-approved credit card application database, so to speak. In the U.S., all you need to do is call +1 (888) 5-OPT-OUT, provide some information (including your Social Security number–yikes!), and that’s it. Given that it requires your SSN, I wasn’t sure about it, but a quick Googling yielded this FTC page legitimizing the number. And it has links to get me off of direct mail and direct email lists, too. Sweet!

You should visit the FTC page right now and get off those lists, too.

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