|Received:||11/28/2004 4:09:20 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I am opposed to the proposed amendment. The existing business relationship loophole has been, and will continue to be, abused as much as the non-profit loophole. This is an open invitation for every scam artist in the world (such as Integrated Credit Solutions/Lighthouse Credit Foundation and the late unlamented OneSetPrice/Internet Marketing Group) to resume their sleazy operations completely unfettered. These sleazy operators consider a complaint about a previous call to constitute an existing business relationship. They also consider the absence of a complaint to constitute an existing business relationship. It has to be realized that telesleaze operators are scum, and do not follow the rules. They deserve no exemptions. When people put their phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, they meant just that: do NOT call. This should be a complete and unconditional Opt-Out of ALL telephone solicitation. Nor should telemarketers get the more liberal 30-day period for abandonment. This is an open invitation to telemarketers to exceed the 3% rate by the simple measure of having a campaign of less than 30 days. The resulting dilution would permit a single day campaign to have a 90% abandonment. Sleazy telemarketers have proven that they will make this type of argument.