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Can you STOP junk mail?

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We not only receive junk mail addressed to us "or the current resident," but we still receive mail addressed to adult children who left home more than a decade ago. That was understandable, if a little strange.

But, then, the situation became compounded last year when we began receiving junk mail for relatives who have been deceased.

How do you make it stop? Can you?

Since my mother-in-law's death last summer, we now receive catalogs and requests for donations addressed to her. And we get mail addressed to other members of the family who have been dead for more than 10 years.

Our postal carrier started to park in front of our home to lug the daily mail to our door. I was afraid to face him, concerned he'd be wearing a back brace one morning.

So, in the fall, before the holidays, I visited a dozen or more company websites, requesting certain junk mailings to stop. Would they listen? I wasn't sure. It was a test.

If an email response came from the company, it usual…