Tuesday, April 02, 2013
How to use the "opt out prescreen" facility
The column “Hints from Heloise” discusses how to use the consumer “opt out prescreen” facility, with the link here. The column, on p. C5 of the April 2m 2013 Washington Post, was not online yet.
The column says it is all right to give your social security number and date of birth when you use the site, or call “1-888-5-OPTOUT”. But you can skip those questions , say nothing, and move to the next prompt.
But use of the questions may help the service identify you if others have the same name.
The Federal Trade Commission has a page on prescreened credit card and insurance offers, here.