Please Stop Sending My 16-Year-Old Daughter Credit Card Solicitations

Theoretically, a 16-year-old shouldn’t be on the mailing list for unsolicited credit card offers. Neither should a 13-year-old. Yet companies just can’t stop sending solicitations to J’s teenage daughter–even after J. specifically opted her out of the offers. Permanently. Or so the family thought. Now they’ve started up again, and J. isn’t sure how to make them stop.

I have a question for Consumerist readers. A few years ago I sent a letter to permanently opt out of unsolicited credit card offers for my daughter who was 13 at the time. The offers stopped coming but just recently they’ve started up again. My guess is sold her information when she signed up to take the SATs but I can’t prove it. Has anyone seen an increase in credit card offers after signing their children up for the SATs? How can I get them to stop sending the offers?

Parents and college-age readers, has this happened to you? Please share in the comments (or e-mail us.) If specific companies won’t stop sending letters, let loose the unholy fury of the USPS prohibitory order, which can be used to stop any kind of nonsense you don’t want polluting your mailbox.

If you’ve never opted out of credit card solicitations, you can do that at

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