On Sat, 7 Sep 96 23:03:09 EDT Info-LabVIEW List Maintainer
>Now I've heard (OK, read) it all. "a law"
>What country, pray tell, would said law be passed in? Enforced in?
All the countries that I've lived in have laws governing telemarketing.
These laws are similar, although the details vary. They're here to make
sure scam salesmen can't harrass people who ask them to stop calling. I
don't see any reason why these laws couldn't be amended to clarify that
telemarketing through the Internet is still telemarketing. Or maybe a new
law isn't even needed, just a case.
Incidentally, so far 100% of the spam joints have been in the US. To tell
you the truth, telemarketing is virtually absent in most other countries.
There ARE companies that do it, but now that you mention it, I haven't
been telemarketed a single time in my life while in Europe. When I'm
visiting our US office, someone calls me at the office every other week
to try and sell me some sort of newsletter that would help me manage my
stock or mortgage or whatever. I have no idea where these people get my
name from. I don't live in the US, I'm not subscribed to any US
publication, unless the government is selling my name to people it's got
to be my bank, since when the scam reps call they ask to talk to Eric
Thomas. So I guess my bank is selling my name to idiots who want to help
me with the mortgage I don't have, and who want to make sure that I
understand that keeping my money with the bank is not a good investment
and I should give it to them for higher returns. Ah well.
Anyway, a US law would help nailing the current spam joints and sending a
message to people who may be thinking of doing the same in other