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Telemarketing still goes on

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Those who have gotten on no-call lists are often surprised by the number of exceptions that are exempt from laws restricting telemarketers.

First amendment protections apply to seekers of public office who can make mass calls promoting their campaign. Of course they do not make these calls personally, although the recordings are made to give that impression.

Companies that a person does business with can also call their customers. Often this exemption results in credit card companies acting as go betweens, offering services that would otherwise be banned from being promoted through telemarketing.

There are some scams that are promoted through telemarketing. Since the scams are not legal in the first place, those doing the calling do not worry about do not call lists.

Those telemarketing calls that are legal may be annoying but any further restrictions against them could unduly hamper the legitimate use of telecommunications that both consumers and businesses want.

One strategy for dealing with such calls is to immediately hang up if there is not a person on the other line when answering the phone. Even a one-second delay usually indicates the kind of call that most people don't want.

Those who have gotten on no-call lists are often surprised by the number of exceptions that are exempt from laws restricting telemarketers.

First amendment protections apply to seekers of public office who can make mass calls promoting their campaign. Of course they do not make these calls personally, although the recordings are made to give that impression.

Companies that a person does business with can also call their customers. Often this exemption results in credit card companies acting as go betweens, offering services that would otherwise be banned from being promoted through telemarketing.

There are some scams that are promoted through telemarketing. Since the scams are not legal in the first place, those doing the calling do not worry about do not call lists.

Those telemarketing calls that are legal may be annoying but any further restrictions against them could unduly hamper the legitimate use of telecommunications that both consumers and businesses want.

One strategy for dealing with such calls is to immediately hang up if there is not a person on the other line when answering the phone. Even a one-second delay usually indicates the kind of call that most people don't want.