FTC Extends Public Comment Period Regarding Telemarketing Sales Rules - The Beacon

FTC Extends Public Comment Period Regarding Telemarketing Sales Rules

FTC Extends Public Comment Period Regarding Telemarketing Sales Rules

The FTC has proposed changes to the Telemarketing Sales Rules, TSR, to provide more protection for consumers.  What the proposed rules do is to prohibit telemarketers to use certain types of payment methods for the purchase of goods and services.  The instruments used by unscrupulous telemarketers include unsigned checks which allow them to remove funds from checking accounts.  This also includes payment orders that have been remotely created.

Another popular means of gaining payments are direct cash-to-cash money transfers and cash reloadable means.  These mechanisms allow for the anonymous and nearly immediate means of retrieving funds from unsuspecting consumers.

The rule will also prevent telemarketers from offering recovery services for an advanced fee.  This pertains to those who were victimized by a previous deceptive offer, and the telemarketer offered to assist the consumer by seeking to recover those funds.  Your Better Business Bureau notes that we have received calls over the years from consumers who may have been defrauded by a telemarketer only to have someone else call claiming to be able to assist in recovering funds from the original deceptive telemarketer. 

For more information regarding the proposed rule changes and to comment on these proposed changes, visit http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/05/tsr.shtm.

For more information you can trust, visit evansville.bbb.org.

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Tom

Tom is Vice President for the Tri-State Better Business Bureau. In addition to answering the needs of our accredited businesses, Tom can be seen on WEVV providing tips for businesses and consumers. He also works closely with other local media outlets to keep our community informed of marketplace issues affecting our area.

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