August 24, 2008
An end to recorded sales calls?

I just have one question about this:

After a barrage of consumer complaints, the government is banning phone calls of recorded sales messages unless consumers agree to receive the calls.

The Federal Trade Commission also announced that by December all recorded calls must provide an opt-out selection to make it easy for consumers to stop getting those calls. Effective Sept. 1, 2009, sellers and telemarketers may place recorded calls only to consumers who have provided signed and written agreements to receive them.

The FTC said the rules will not affect informational recorded messages, such as messages to notify consumers of appointments and cancellations, because they do not attempt to sell goods or services.

So will this finally stop those recorded calls I've been getting telling me that it's my last chance to do something about my car's expiring warranty? Which I've received multiple times, with different caller ID originations, on my personal cell, work cell, home and work numbers? Because I'm pretty sick of them by now. I realize December 2009 is a long way off, but at this point I'll take any reason to hope.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 24, 2008 to National news

I seem to get these calls only at my home number. I mostly get the car warranty calls as well as calls about my "predatory credit card lenders". All of which are very funny calls to get while working at an investment bank.

Posted by: Amy on August 24, 2008 9:48 AM
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