FTC levies $95,000 fine on Do Not Call offenders

By Justin Mann on July 17, 2008, 1:46 PM
As someone who loathes telemarketers and their next-generation brethren, the email spammer, I'm often disappointed at the ineffectual attempts that individuals, companies and governments often take to try and curb them. Likewise I'm encouraged by stories like a recent one involving the FTC, in which they have enforced, with stiff monetary penalties, the national Do-No-Call Registry rules. True to their word, the FTC has levied fines of $95,000 against two telemarketing companies that did not adhere to the guidelines.

The companies involved were both resellers of Dish Network's service, and were fined for different reasons. One company was fined for calling people who were listed in the registry, and the other was making automated calls that led to no one. The fines the FTC was originally after were much higher, well over a combined $11 million.

It is unfortunate that a similar system for email would be nearly impossible to implement and even more impossible to enforce. The FTC is one of many groups that pursues spammers, and fines them when possible, but the problem is just too massive to take on.

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shimane said:
The real bummer is that political calls remain exempt.As I testified at the U.S. Senate this Feb, robo calls are an epidemic and are invading the privacy of All American Voters.Our members are taking a stand and saying enough is enough at the National Political Do Not Contact Registry at StopPoliticalCalls.org.Here is a quote from a member this morning:"I find it very frustrating... I tend to get calls at the WORST time. I have a one year old daughter, and it NEVER fails that the phone will ring when I put her down for a nap or for bed. Also my vote is PRIVATE... so who do you think you are calling with a survey to find out who I am voting for!!! Stop calling me."Regards,Shaun DakinCEO and Founder[url]http://www.stoppoliticalcalls.org[/url]
Loquacious1 said:
Ya, the FTC rocks when it comes to this as I know from personal experience in speaking with their representatives about the problem. Ironically what they didn't realize was that their own ID was broadcast on caller ID when they called to gather information about a complaint I'd lodged. ;^) The woman I spoke with was great though and hates this problem as much as we all do. It's frustrating for them as it's hard to identify some of the worst offenders as they spoof themselves. I've had my fax spammed at all wee hours by organizations exempted for fund raising, and I'd love to see political calls made voluntary. That would pretty much kill their invasive disruptions very fast!
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