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USPS Automated Mail Forwarding Procedures

With a simple online form, the United States Postal Service (USPS) offers users the ability to set up mail forwarding without visiting or calling their local post office. The Postal Service provides different forwarding and delivery options depending on the duration of forwarding and the types of mail that need to be forwarded, most of which are free, though the automated forwarding form carries a fee.
Available Services
The Postal Service offers a variety of forwarding services to fit different needs. When you are changing your primary residence, the permanent change of address service forwards mail, piece-by-piece to your new address for one year. Packages will not be forwarded, and magazines are only forwarded for 60 days. If you are going on a long trip and need to temporarily forward your mail, you can use a standard temporary change of address or premium mail forwarding. A temporary address change offers the same service as a permanent address change for a period no longer than one year and no less than two weeks. Premium forwarding service packages mail and forwards it in bulk once a week and also includes package forwarding. If you will be away for less than two weeks, put your mail on hold because you cannot use the forwarding service.
Forwarding Requirements
You can only forward mail for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of one year for temporary forwarding, whether through the temporary change of address or premium forwarding service. When you use the Internet or telephone change of address services, you are required to provide a MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express credit card number. The Postal Service verifies that the address on your credit card matches either your current or forwarding address and charges your card $1 for the service.
How to Set Up Forwarding
Begin the official change of address form by verifying that you are or have authorization to set up mail forwarding for the individual listed on the form. Click the radio button for permanent forwarding or temporary forwarding as applicable in your situation and enter a start and end date for the service. Enter your name, current and forwarding address information and email address for confirmation. Complete the form by providing your credit card information for verification purposes and the associated service fee. You can also call the automated telephone change of address service at 1-800-275-8777. Walk through the same questions on the phone and provide your credit card for address verification.
How to Change or Cancel Forwarding
If you have set up temporary forwarding for vacation or short-term move, the service will automatically end on the date you specified on your change of address form. If you need to change or cancel the forwarding service at any time, go to the “View, Update or Change” page and enter your forwarding zip code and the confirmation number from your email change of address confirmation. You can use this form to change forwarding start and end dates, convert a temporary change to a permanent one or completely cancel a permanent change or address or a temporary one that has not started.

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How To Cancel USPS Mail Forwarding

Planning a long trip requires more extensive preparations than a short vacation. During extended periods of time away, travelers often have their mail forwarded to ensure receipt of important documents and bills and to prevent an excessive backlog of correspondence. Arranged through the United States Postal Service (USPS) after submitting a temporary change of address order, mail forwarding redirects posted items to a different address for a specified length of time. If something comes up and unexpectedly cuts a trip short, have mail forwarding canceled and directed back to the primary, original mailing address.
STEP 1
Visit the official website of the USPS to access the Change of Address form. From the USPS homepage, pull down the “Receiving Mail” menu under the “Products and Services” category. Within the menu, click on “Change Your Address.” Wait until navigated to the “Official Change of Address Form.”
STEP 2
Scroll down and locate the bar near the bottom of the page that reads, “Need to view, update or cancel a Change of Address order you already submitted?” Click the link to be navigated to the “View, Update or Cancel” section of the form.
STEP 3
Enter the Zip code of the forwarding address and confirmation code that was issued when the mail-forwarding request was made. Locate the codes from a request made online in the confirmation email. Locate the code from a paper form submitted personally to a post office on the confirmation document mailed to the forwarding address. Click the “Submit” button.
STEP 4
Choose to cancel the change of address order. Print the confirmation information for the cancellation to have on record.

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Anatomy Of Mail Piece

When I was in the storm of stopping junk mail I didn’t have the time to slow down and really get in-depth with how the mailpieces are put together, how they are aimed at the elderly to get money from them.

Thankfully The Jesse Helms Center Foundation has ignored all the requests I have put out for them to stop sending mail to my house.

This includes:

DMA Choice March 2014
PaperKarma
Phone calls, emails to Jesse Helms Center, and John Dodd most recently July 2016
Emails to their fund raiser American Target Advertising October 2014, October 2016
Complaint filed with the California Attorney General July 2016
Complaint filed with the DMA July 2016
Telling my mail carrier that she is dead
Obviously I need to have another chat with my mail carrier, but in the mean time let’s take a long hard look at the fundraising mail The Jesse Helms Center Foundation is sending out to people.

Jesse Helms was the US Senator for North Carolina from 1973 to 2003. The Jesse Helms Center Foundation houses his papers and the museum is host various programs for students and guest speakers.

Mission Statement:
The Jesse Helms Center exists to promote traditional American values and the principles upon which our nation was founded and that Senator Jesse Helms advanced throughout his career. This is accomplished through education, public policy promotion,and historical preservation.The Jesse Helms Center Foundation’s programs are offered at little or no cost to the public. This is made possible by the support of foundations, individuals and corporations who recognize the value of the programs and the non-partisan commitment of the foundation.
Now that I have told you about the The Jesse Helms Center Foundation and it’s mission, Do you have a picture in your mind of what the fundraising solicitations should look like? Photos of students who participated in the Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge? Perhaps a schedule of people in the Distinguished Lecture Series? Maybe a letter talking about how they are digitizing their collections?

Stop the U.N. Tax THREAT to Americans!
3,000,000,000 Patriot Survey to STOP the U.N. Tax THREAT to Americans
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Petition Demanding Your Senators REJECT This UN Tax
I am sure many of you are scratching your heads going What?! The UN is hurting for money so they wrote a proposal for various global taxes. The boogie man in today’s junk mail are taxes that may or may not happen, that were proposed by the mostly toothless UN.

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Getting Rid Of Junk Mail In Scientology Way

Now that I am on a rampage to stop all the junk mail coming to my house I will turn to the Scientologists for help. No wait ex-Scientologists, that is who’s help I need. Scientology is infamous for the amount of crap they send to people on their mailing lists. Sometimes it feels like the only way to escape all the mailers is to die. And according to ex-members sometimes even that isn’t enough.

Let’s peek into a thread from a few years ago on Why We Protest.net to get some ideas on stopping junk mail.

The first great idea is to cost them money:

“Every time they send you something with a Freepost return address, use it to send them a brick.”

“Came here to say this; was not disappoint. Literally tape the BRE (Bulk Reply Envelope) to a brick and drop it into the local mail box. As far as I know, there no limitation to the charges posted on a BRE, so you really cost them a lot by affixing a BRE to a brick or an old refrigerator or something and making the post office aware of it.

I know of no laws preventing you from photocopying the BRE and including bags of dog feces, etc but do not quote me on that.”

Alas you can’t mail a brick 😦
From the Straightdope, From MotherJones.com

“According to rule 917.243(b) in the Domestic Mail Manual, when a business reply card is “improperly used as a label” — e.g., when it’s affixed to a brick — the item so labeled may be treated as “waste.” That means the post office can toss it in the trash without further ado.”

But you can stuff the envelope with silly stuff, and make it weigh more

“But save any prepaid return envelopes. Stuff them with critical leaflets, or even a joint and send them back. Temptation is a bitch.”

“Recycle your unwanted piles of Jehovah’s Witness doorstep trash by sending unsolicited Sci-mail back to the cult with JW tracts inside.”

Stuffing envelops with nonsense that weighs a lot, I may have something like that available.

A tip for UK residents, unfortunately in the US all “return to sender” mail is tossed now, so that won’t stop anything.

“Don’t “return to sender”, but forward the post instead. Nowadays, a stamp only covers the initial postal journey, and not any forwarding. If you forward it to a dying org (say, Plymouth or Sunderland…) all the Scilons get is a standard notification that there’s an item with insufficient postage for them to collect. So they have to take a trip to the postal depot, where they get invited to pay to collect their own shit.”

“Return the mail with a change of address. Ask the cult to send the mailings to the new address… which is an address for a Scientology organization (church) in another state.”

That is real culture jamming going on. In this case I would give a change of address from one scammer to another or one Super PAC to another. It would be like a snake eating it’s tail.

“If in the US, claim that you find their literature to be unwanted sexually oriented advertisements?

No, srsly:
Unwanted Junk Mail

U.S. Post Office Form 2150, Prohibitory Order Against Sender has been replaced by Form 1500. Form 1500 is available for free in .pdf format via the USPS website.

Do not let the wording on the form fool you, it can be used to stop ANY piece of mail. Page 13 of Postal Bulletin 21977 states:

Postmasters may not refuse to accept a Form 1500 because the advertisement in question does not appear to be sexually oriented. Only the addressee may make that determination.

Most clerks will not know what to do with Form 1500 and may direct you to the Post Master.

ROWAN v. U. S. POST OFFICE DEPT. , 397 U.S. 728 (1970)

Getting Scientology blocked from sending “smut” through the mail would be a win of beauty.”

WHAT? I can declare all junk mail porn even if it isn’t!?

Wiki page for Prohibitory Order Against Sender form 1500
More help for from 1500 from Knowmore.org

http://about.usps.com/forms/ps1500.pdf (PDF)

Update: Here is my how to guide to form 1500

This is somewhat complicated and involves me spending money. I will leave this for the last step and the most tenacious junk mail. Now about that envelope stuffing…

Update one year later: This turned out to be the best weapon I found to stop scam junk mail. I wound up sending out over 100 form 1500’s over the past year. If you are trying to stop Scientology junk mail try to pick a piece that is selling something. A course package, a lecture.

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