May 12, 2009
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Senators Charles Schumer and Mark Warner have announced that the FTC is close to filing a lawsuit against companies that use deceptive telemarketing techniques to sell extended car warranties. Additionally, these companies are often in violation of the federal Do Not Call list. I receive at least a few of these every year – interestingly, the representatives can never tell me what type of car I own.
I try not to get overly political in The Soap Boxers, but I ask you to contact your Senators and Representatives not only to voice your support for this lawsuit, but also to urge them to pass more stringent rules regarding telemarketing. I have a couple of specific recommendations. Feel free to suggest additional rules in the comments section.
A total ban on robo-calls and auto-dialing. Many states already have bans on these computer-assisted techniques. I would broaden this ban to include political calls. If your message is important, hire a human to tell me about it and add some jobs. If you can’t afford this, the your message really isn’t that important.
Impose stronger penalties for violations of the Do-Not-Call list. Send some executives to prison. Many telemarketers I speak to have no concerns about DNC violations, and a couple have feigned ignorance of it. This must stop.Share this article via email Kosmo is the founder of The Soap Boxers and writes on a variety of topics. Many of his short stories have been collected into Kindle books. Like this site? Subscribe via RSS, Subscribe via Email, or Follow us on Twitter or Facebook. The permanent URL for this article is: