During crime prevention presentations to
neighborhood groups, we have been asked about mail scams and pornography in
the mail. Below are two regulations that have useful information
about both problems.
Federal law prohibits the shipment of unordered merchandise. Such a
practice may constitute an unfair trade practice. Merchandise mailed in
violation of U.S. Code may be treated as a gift by the recipient without
any obligation to the sender. The laws governing this practice are
enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. If a customer believes that
they have received unordered merchandise in violation of federal law,
they can contact the Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection at:
BUREAU OF CONSUMER PROTECTION
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON DC 20580-0001
Sexually Oriented Mail
Section 3010 of Title 39 U.S.C. gives people a way to protect themselves
and their minor children from receiving unsolicited sexually oriented
advertisements through the mail. Customers may invoke the protection of
section 3010 by:
a. Completing Postal Service Form 1500, Application for Listing and/or
Order, available at post offices.
b. Filing the form with any postmaster or designated U.S. Postal Service
Customers may file for themselves or for their children under 19 who
live with them or who are under their care, custody, or supervision. An
authorized officer, agent, fiduciary, surviving spouse, or other
representative may file on behalf of a corporation, firm, association,
estate, or deceased or incompetent addressee. After a customer is on the
list for 30 days, any mailer who sends them unsolicited sexually
oriented advertisements is subject to criminal sanctions under 39 U.S.C.
3011 and 18 U.S.C. 1735-371.
This prohibitory order remains in effect for 5 years. To learn
more, click here for a pdf brochure to
PROHIBITORY ORDER PROCESSING CENTER
PO BOX 3744
MEMPHIS TN 38173-0744
Control Brochure : This brochure, in pdf format, responds to
several allegations made by gun control advocates.
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