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About Reducing Junk Calls Durable Link to this BLOG
About Reducing Junk Calls

The US Government has started a Do Not Call list, which is supposed to reduce the number of junk telephone calls you recieve.

A friend writes (via email):

Guess who is exempt:
  • Politicians
  • Charities
  • Anyone you have done business within the prior 18 months.

"Hello, this is Slim Whitman thanking you for your recent purchase from any of the following gas stations, of which I am a 0.00001% shareholding owner: Exxon, Chevron, Amoco, BP, Shell, Getty, Starvin Marvins, Racetrak, JollyTime ....

I am calling today on behalf of the American Red Cross. If you purchase my Greatist Hits album today, I will personally donate a penny from each and every sale.

I would also very much appreciate your vote for County Councilman during the next election cycle. Thanks for the loopholes, sucker..."

BTW, have you noticed how many of the new telemarketeers are from India? After the emergence of voice-over-IP technology, junk calling from India has become real cheap..

FYI, according to the FAQ,
Any telemarketers calling U.S. consumers are covered, regardless of where they are calling from. If a company within the U.S. solicits sales through an overseas professional telemarketer, that U.S. company is liable for any violations by the telemarketer. The FTC can initiate enforcement actions against such companies.

To me, it would have made more sense to build "OK to Call" list, making it optional; only those who wish to be called needed to register...

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Friday, June 27, 2003
Last Modified: 6/28/2003

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