|Received:||11/28/2004 6:05:32 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I absolutely do NOT want to receive recorded commercials from any business, whether I have a loosely-defined "business relationship" with them or not. This would absolutely ruin the spirit of the do not call list and open us up to harrassment. It really doesn't matter if the call is by a live person or a machine. The problem lies with the definition of "business relationship". Since I went to the trouble of being put on the list, I do NOT want to hear from these people. If I have a relationship with them and need them, I will call them. Further, I submit to you that allowing this also opens up the possibility for more identity theft and fraud. At a time when both the FTC and the FBI recommend that consumers not give out personal information over the phone unless they initiate the call, some enterprising scam artist is bound to leave messages claiming to be from this vendor or that and requesting a call back to their number, much as we see on the Internet. The only problem will be that it won't really be Citibank (or whoever) that we call back, but some con artist. No reputable business would request this change in the regulations. There are other ways to sell. No government agency with the interests of its citizens at heart would even consider it. It puts too many uninformed citizens at risk. Final message to the businesses who want this: We will never, EVER, purchase anything from you if you call us. Don't waste our time, your time, and your money. We may be your customer now, but if this is passed, we won't be for long.