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Old 06.03.2012, 18:39
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Mis-Addressed Mail

So we keep getting mail for somebody with the same surname name as me, but has never lived at our address.

Can I just write "Not at this address" (or the German equivalent) on the envelope and bung it in a local post box to have it returned to sender and hopefully removed from their mailing list?
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Old 06.03.2012, 18:51
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Re: Mis-Addressed Mail

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Old 06.03.2012, 18:51
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Re: Mis-Addressed Mail

That's what we've done in the past.

The flip side though is that we've received - amazingly enough - letters and parcels addressed to us in the most abstract way.
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Old 06.03.2012, 20:39
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Re: Mis-Addressed Mail

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So we keep getting mail for somebody with the same surname name as me, but has never lived at our address.

Can I just write "Not at this address" (or the German equivalent) on the envelope and bung it in a local post box to have it returned to sender and hopefully removed from their mailing list?
You can cross through the address (diagonally, just once) and write the word "unbekannt" on the envelope. Then either give it back to the post office or drop into a letterbox. I would also speak to your local post office to let them know you're getting this mail.
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Old 06.03.2012, 20:55
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Re: Mis-Addressed Mail

Is it mostly 'junk' mail or proper letters, just one type or mixed?
If it's proper letters, it might it be someone trying to track someone else down and they've found your name and address in the local phonebook so thought they'd try their luck....
In which case have you considered opening one and then sending it back to the sender with a note?

A word with your friendly local post office otherwise might work. Although if the address is correct I guess they're obliged to deliver it.
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