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FTC Stiffens Requirements For Telemarketers Informative - New Telemarketing Rules to Take Effect 9/1/09

Review by BokiBean on 2009-01-27
If you've been on the Do Not Call list yet still are being hassled by machines, companies you already do business with and others, this may interest you.

It won't be legal to harass people with recorded messages unless they're already agreed to it, it won't be legal to telemarket customers you already have a business relationship with unless they have previously agreed to it, and automated messages will be required to have an OPT OUT button or word so that consumers can cancel the call and future calls as well.
Comments:18 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-01-28
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-27:
Great info. Thanks BokiBean!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-01-27:
It's about time...those danged telemarketers are always holding up the line and us Bill Collectors can't get through!
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-01-27:
I had more posted but the format made such a mess of it that I see it's been deleted. There's a link, etc. but I can't find where to edit (lol)!
Posted by Soaring Consumer on 2009-01-27:
Thanks for the information. I am still getting random telemarketing calls even though I have been on the Do-Not-Call list for well over 31 days. Hopefully this will help.
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-01-27:
In lieu of finding an edit button to finish this review, here is a link to explain these new laws:

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2008/12/telemarketing_rules02.html
Posted by old fart on 2009-01-27:
The anti- telemarketing legislation that congress passed only promised that "MOST" telemarketing calls would cease..
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-27:
Good post. The Opt-Out rule took effect Dec 1, 2008. The recorded messages rule takes effect in September. Many telemarketers have ignored all the rules since day one. Most calls originate outside the US where the FTC has no authority. It's too easy to spoof CallerID making it next to impossible to trace a call. According to a report I've read the Opt-Out numbers are used to show a working number and then lists are sold to other telemarketers.
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-01-27:
Passing, thanks for the info! All of this was new to me and I'm irritated but not surprised that the new rules are being used to break/bend the law again.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-27:
It's PassingBy, not Passing (as in gas :)
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-01-27:
rofl!!! Noted. :)
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-28:
I had an encounter with caller ID spoofing. I got 10-20 calls a day/night. Fixed the problem by adding a telephone I could program blocked numbers into...only one short ring and the call was disconnected. Available everywhere.
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-01-28:
Doc, that's a great idea!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-28:
Your 'helpful' vote would be appreciated, Boki.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-28:
Excellent post and info, all good comments.
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-01-28:
Doc, done. My first helpful vote I'm ashamed to say...I'm still dealing with a slow-from-the-get-go learning curve. I'll get there.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-28:
I solved this problem. I got rid of the home phone and only have the cell phone. I am not sorry I did, either.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-28:
Sherdy I hate to break the news to you but cell phones are targeted as well.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-28:
They aren't if I keep putting my old number on everything I fill out, except for work related stuff. No one gets my cell number except family, friends and work. It's also private. I've never received a sales call on my cell.:)

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