More Telemarketers--Look Out Spammers!
Bush signed into law a bill that will prevent Telemarketers from calling
your house without permission. You simply place your name and phone
number in The National “Do Not Call” Registry and it will be illegal for
a telemarketer to call and an 11,000.00 penalty will be imposed to
those that do call.
Direct Marketing Association, the trade group representing these
Telemarketers, says that this new law will mean doom and gloom for its
members. As appealing as this sounds, and I
commend the President for signing this into law, I wonder if he realized
that he just added to the rising unemployment rate. Even in doing good
the poor guy hurts the economy. Perhaps he could have waited until the job
market was a little better. Another down side to this is who will the
elderly talk to? Haven’t these people suffered enough without having to
lose the only persons willing to hear them babble? My 11 years old daughter
depends on telemarketers to vent a little pre-puberty hostility. Not to
mention the telemarketing on the west coast that call me at night, causing
me to jump to the phone thinking it is an emergency. I’m not jittery
enough these days.
are some groups that are exempt from this new law: Charities, surveyors and
political campaigns. These are the groups that I don’t want to hear from
the most. What is going to
happen is; every new phone call is going to start out with a survey. “Do
you need your Carpets cleaned?”
become so skeptical these days that I don’t even trust good news. I
hope that it doesn’t take 50 years for the government to pass a “Do Not
The National "Do Not Call"
Amendment to the Telemarketing Sales Rule
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has amended the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR)
to give consumers a choice about whether they want to receive most
telemarketing calls. Consumers soon will be able to put their phone numbers
on a national “do not call” registry. It will be illegal for most
telemarketers to call a number listed on the registry.
In addition to establishing the national “do not
call” registry, the amended
TSR calls for other changes, including limiting abandoned
calls, restricting unauthorized billing and requiring telemarketers to
transmit Caller ID information.
site has information for you – whether you’re a consumer
interested in signing up for the national “do not call registry,” or a telemarketer
or seller interested in learning more about your
responsibilities under the amended TSR. This site will be updated with new
information, including the initial date when registration will begin, a link
registration, and expanded information for businesses. So
check back often for all you need to know about the national “do not
call” registry and the amended TSR.