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How to Opt Out of Pre-approved Credit Card Offers

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Tired of being bothered with offers for new credit cards? Too much junk mail? Read on to learn how to opt out of these annoying offers from telemarketers, direct marketing lists and other solicitors.


Step One - If you're in the US, you've got it easy. Simply call the national credit bureaus toll-free number 1-888-5-OPTOUT (1-888-567-8688) or visit This automated service is run jointly by the four main credit bureaus.

Step Two - Press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish

Step Three - Select option 3 to opt out of mailings permanently. Be careful, because other options are time limited.

Step Four - Follow the prompts to enter your phone number, name, zip code, address, and social security number.


  • Note: this service will ask for private information, such as your Social Security number and you must provide it to opt out.

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