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How we should all teach Royal Mail about SPAM

The plain and simple method to teach Royal Mail about SPAM, is to return it like this, and everyone should do this.

1. Collect all the SPAM together until you are going to post your own legitimate mail.
2. Band it all together, mark it with the lettering listed below, on a plain section of the SPAM, or with a plain piece of paper.

NO DOOR TO DOOR SPAM
STOP SENDING UNADDRESSED SPAM
RETURNED FROM: (STICK ADDRESS/POSTCODE HERE)
I WILL CONTINUE TO RETURN ALL UNADDRESSED MAIL BACK VIA THE POST BOX WITH MY LEGITIMATE MAIL

You can add any other messages you wish, but if everyone did this, just think of the headache it will cause to Royal Mail.

Also any other mail sent via companies who do not go via Royal Mail, just circle the return address and return unopened.

Hi,

To start with I assume you are already signed up to their so called "opt out" scheme, and if not then you will continue to get this junk. Having said that it is only about 90% effective at present as they are unable to notify their new and or temporary staff at the sorting offices it would appear.

I go one further than your proposal and you don't even need to leave your front gate. Just give it straight back to the postman/woman, I admit that being home all the time eases this somewhat, but they soon get the message, some staff even report they are never told of the opt out addresses prior to their rounds for new staff. This is where a RM provided sticker would sort this 10% error rate in one swoop, but no they won't do it - I have attempted to make a case but got fobbed off.

If you are at home when this crap arrives, just hand it back.

L7

Agreed that having a friendly chat with your postie is often the best way to resolve this. If anything, it will act as a reminder that you've opted out of unaddressed crap.

If you want to return unaddressed mail then either send it back to the sender (in an unstamped envelope - let them pay for the postage) or to FREEPOST ROYAL MAIL CUSTOMER SERVICES. Writing 'Return to Sender' on unaddressed mail and dumping it in your nearest pillar box makes no sense, it will simply be discarded.

Returning addressed junk mail is an option, though you might want to consider sending the offender a data protection notice instead.

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