|Received:||4/15/2004 3:04:37 PM|
|Organization:||Georgia Mills Direct LTD|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
These regulations are are pretty cut and dry when it comes to legitimate business! The problem with spam for us (we are a small internet company with three websites and do not use e-mail at all for marketing only transactions and customer service) is the Scam and phony e-mails. We are flooded on a daily basis with bogus e-mails and fly by night scam artists. The problem with the CAN-SPAM act is that it does not address the real issues. Today they are using peoples machines without there knowledge to generate these scam e-mails they are also using technology to hide the actual sender of the e-mail. It is so easy for them to set up a bogus web site in 5 minutes and propegate the new scam e-mails in minutes without being traced until some one turns them in. The legislation should focus on these issues becuase they are 90% of our unwanted e-mails. There are also hundreds of e-mails each day from the Nigeria region that propogate scams immensly. These are the true problems with spam! Legitamite business's that do spam only send one e-mail to each address these other totally fony e-mailers send 10 at a clip!!! These should be the people targeted for this act. From my research it seems that there are curently about 200 individuals creating the whole problem and without proper legislation and the tough criminal penalties to back it up and the agency to inforce the laws then this problem will only get worse not better. I believe that with out tough criminal penalties for these illegal acts of forgery and impersanation of a legitmate business which is essentially what they are there is just not a law to say so yet. It is quit concerning that this has gone this far with no laws to protect the inosent users of the internet who relly on it for there income. It is very disturbing that an individual can set up a fony internet bussiness claiming to sell illegal pills forge e-mail address then steal money from their credit cards thru traceable channels and nothing is done except the Company who they used for there hosting drops there account? This all starts with spam. I hope that if someone actually reads this that they find that disturbing as well. If I rented a store front set up a sign that read come on in and buy any pill you want and we will ship it to your door and took customers money for a week then closed up I would be in jail in a couple of days! Whats the difference? I know this goes beyond the CAN-Spam act but these are the real issues and if these laws are put in place it will do nothing to stop this activity as these guys are already laughing at your act already and it will not stop them in any way they feel above the system and should as they have no real way of getting caught or have to accountability for there actions.