UNDATED - Unsolicited phone calls, pre-approved credit card offers, and unwanted texts and junk mail. They're all not only annoying, they can sometimes lead to identity theft. The Better Business Bureau has some tips for you to help get your inboxes and phone lines under control.


First, set-up a second email account. Use one of your accounts for personal email, and the other for special offers or discount cards. 

You can stop pre-approved credit card offers by going to the website optoutprescreen.com. You can opt-out of receiving these offers for at least five years either at the website, or by calling 1-888-5-OPTOUT. 

You can put the brakes on unwanted marketing and junk mail by visiting the website dmachoice.org, and opt-out of receiving direct mail from members of the Direct Marketing Association. It may take up to six months before all solicitations stop.

And reduce those annoying telemarketing calls by going to the National Do Not Call Registry. To register a phone number, visit donotcall.gov, or call 1-888-382-1222 from the number you want to register. You will receive fewer telemarketing calls within 31 days.

Finally, ignore those unsolicited text messages. They are illegal, and if you get one you should contact your wireless provider, and then block the number on your phone.