Drowning in Junk Mail – Addiction and Junk Mail

Publishers Clearing House

I told you how to opt-out of Publishers Clearinghouse last week. Did you know that there are knock offs of Publishers Clearinghouse?

Sweepstakes Clearinghouse Arlington TX

This is Sweepstakes Clearinghouse from Arlington TX. It looks exactly like Publishers Clearinghouse. They are so bad that the BBB has a page about them. This is their catalog for ordering stuff. As far as I can tell there is no entry form for a sweepstakes entry in this package. They have given me a 310.00 discount on 3 items of my choice. But the cheapest thing in the catalog is $399.95 (only 89.95 after voucher discount).

While roaming around their website I found a humor page. It is filled with one panel cartoons, the kind you find in Parade magazine in the newspaper.

Sweepstakes Clearinghouse Arlington TX 94-2-8-1

Sweepstakes Clearinghouse Arlington TX 93-5-1

Sweepstakes Clearinghouse Arlington TX 93-2-2

These are meant to be funny. I was confused by the jokes about the 3×5 cards. Thankfully the mail never disappoints.

The same day I also got this little booklet

Prize Alert Bulletin

It is full of pre-printed 3×5 cards to enter different sweepstakes.

Enrty into Slim Jim Battlefield 4 Instant Win Sweepstakes

It has 12 entry cards. Each entry puts you on a new mailing list to get more junk mail.

Update: I stopped both of these companies with a from 1500.


This is a great video by the BBC’s Panorama about junk mail in the UK

This is the website that the lady started Think Jessica. “Protecting elderly & vulnerable people from scams which come through the postal system and criminals who contact them by telephone.” Those cartoons are even less funny now. They were made by criminals making fun of their victims, who are caught in the throws of addiction.


The BBC Panorama video also talked about junk mail coming from The Netherlands. It made me wonder, how do they deal with junk mail? From Stop Junk Mail

Anti junk mail sticker from The Netherlands

No/Yes Anti junk mail sticker from The Netherlands

Anti junk mail sticker from The Netherlands

No/No Anti junk mail sticker from The Netherlands

From Flickr
Nee Nee Ja Nee

They have stickers that you can pick up for free, slap it on your mailbox and, that is it, the junk mail stops. That is right, the people who are sending me the worst of the worst scam letters, have one of the best, most effective systems for controlling junk mail in the world.

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One thought on “Drowning in Junk Mail – Addiction and Junk Mail

  1. Junk mail is so annoying! Too bad those scams are usually addressed to people so they don’t count as junk mail if you have one of those stickers in NL. I think many scammers send from the Netherlands for the reason that it’s super easy to get a PObox and requires hardly anything (just payment).

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