Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
This is to all of you that signed up for the "do not call" law. This week I received a card in the mail that looked alright — It said "vote for your favorite cola
THEN I FOUND IT !! At the bottom of the card there is a VERY small statement. It is SO small it is hard to read—but here is what it says — By completing this form, you agree that sponsors and
This REALLY upset me and I just wanted all my friends to be aware of this way to get around the "do not call"
Origins: On 27 June 2003, the federal government implemented a national "Do Not Call" registry, giving those who did not want to be solicited by telephone an effective way to take themselves off call lists used by telemarketers. This warning about a phony vote for your favorite soda being used to circumvent the wishes of those opting out began appearing in inboxes in mid-July 2003, scant weeks after the registry went into
We haven't seen a copy of specific come-on described in the
The national "Do Not Call" list does not shield consumers from every type of unwanted phone call. Political organizations, charities, and telephone surveyors are still free to make unsolicited calls without penalty, as are companies with which consumers have existing business relationships. It is this last exemption that provides ample reason for examining very closely any "too good to be true" offers, or for even rejecting them out of hand.
Filling out a survey form or mailing in a completed contest entry or taking some business up on its offer of free product might be construed as establishing a business relationship with that entity, a condition that would allow that group to make un-asked-for sales pitches over the telephone despite that particular consumer's inclusion on the national "leave me alone" list:
We suspect we're going to see a number of smooth moves over the next few months as firms that engage in telemarketing of their products work to find ways to lure consumers back onto their call lists. Along with surveys and sweepstakes, we're expecting to see a number of "Free stuff!" offers hit the table as businesses attempt
For the time being, those desirous of staying out of the clutches of telemarketers might do well to remember that "Something for nothing" never is.
Barbara "something to sting about" Mikkelson
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Cobbs, Chris. "Federal No-Call List for Telemarketers Will Launch Today." Orlando Sentinel. 27 June 2003. Ho, David. "Hundreds of Thousands of Phone Numbers Registered with National Do-Not-Call List." Associated Press. 27 June 2003. Ho, David. "Do-Not-Call List Grows to More Than 10 Million Phone Numbers." Associated Press. 1 July 2003.