|Santos L Halpar
||[Dec. 1st, 2003|07:47 pm]
Since buying the house, I've gotten a fair amount of junk mail that screams "We read the legal announcements section of the paper to see who's a new homeowner". And that's fine- I knew about that.|
What I didn't know is that apparently some of those "200 address labels for $4.95" outfits are also in the business of selling your name to folks that want to sell stuff to people who have just moved. I found this out only when I got some junk mail addressed to "lara7", which only the address label folks would have known to attach to my new home without also knowing my legal name.
As an experiment, I'm thinking of getting address labels made for the cats or dog to trace the flow of junk mail from there...and then having the cat do an identity theft on the dog.
watch for mail from me.
and excuse the container I sent it in. :)
2003-12-01 08:15 pm (UTC)
BTW..sent yours off today rather than saturday, forgetting that the Taco PO doesn't have Saturday hours like the West Seattle one.
I'm thinking of getting address labels made for the cats or dog to trace the flow of junk mail from there
i think my brother did that, or something similar.
ho ho, is *that* how they make their money.
2003-12-02 05:42 am (UTC)
everything relates to the Magnetic Fields.
I think there's a Stephin Merritt story about that. I think he put different spellings of his name on different lists (Stephen, Stephin, Steven) to see what propagated where in his junk mail. In fact, I think that 'Stephin' is not the actual spelling of his name, like on his birth certificate and such, but I could be wrong on that.
2003-12-02 05:43 am (UTC)
Re: everything relates to the Magnetic Fields.
I should have googled this BEFORE I posted:http://www.wminc.com.au/69.html
A thirty something New Yorker whose spelling of his first name comes from an attempt to track his junk mail (Stephin was the musician spelling he came up with and it's stuck), Merritt is so terminally prolific ....
2003-12-02 06:19 am (UTC)
benefits of home ownership
So when I have to give my address to people these days, I take advantage of the fact that I have a house to use addresses like:
48-- ---d AVE SW
(Except that the dashes are filled in.)
Mr. Futch receives mail fairly regularly at this address. I round file it on his behalf.
this using a phoney name or a different spelling to track people selling on yr details works in both directions. at least it does with some organisations.
we had a list, as largely subscriber-funded non-profits tend to. people were interested in our list. depending on who/what, we would rent our list for a specific number of uses, or sometimes sell it. in either case the renter or buyer would have to sign legally binding agreements that they would NOT sell, rent, or otherwise pass the list on to another body.
EVERY rental or sale included a unique phoney name at the sojourners magazine office. so we'd always get the mailout that the list had been rented for (this meant we could have full accountability around issues like the other org being one we were happy with, or whatever) it also meant if we EVER got any OTHER mail to that phoney name that the renter/buyer was in breach of our conditions. in certain circumstances this could be funny, if the list had been specifically honed for (say) activists engaged in racial reconciliation economic justice work in the inner cities (we could do that) and our phoney name for that rental received junk mail for executive sized lexus cars...
I've used my grandfathers name. This way when they call, I can say he's dead and not be accused of lying...