16 CFR Part 310: Telemarketing Sales Rule Federal Register Notice: Rule Review Request for Public Comments as Part of the FTC’s Systematic Regulatory Review #00015

Submission Number:
00015
Commenter:
Wysong
State:
Florida
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 310: Telemarketing Sales Rule Federal Register Notice: Rule Review Request for Public Comments as Part of the FTC’s Systematic Regulatory Review
Matter Number:

R411001

Despite being registered with the DNC Registry, about 2 years ago a collection agency began calling my home relentlessly, day and night, leaving all manner of harassing and threatening messages for someone with a similar name, but who lives in a different part of the state and who has a different profession. I returned the call a couple of times and explained that I was not the person they were looking for, that I didn't know the person, had never met the person, could not give them any information about the person, and asked that they please stop calling my number. They would not stop. This went on for months until I finally had to call them up and threaten to go to the Florida Attorney General if the harassment did not stop. During these calls, the personnel at the collection agency would curse at me, belittle me, accuse me of lying, and say all manner of horrible things. It was extremely stressful to me and my family and, as a result of this experience, my family decided to drop our land phone line and we no longer give out our cell phone numbers to anyone. We are so skittish now, we don't even want to give our numbers out to the pizza delivery guy or our doctor's office, because we are terrified our numbers are going to be "sold" to data collectors and end up in the public domain again. We don't want to be terrorized like that again, and we don't want to be afraid to answer the phone. It's pretty sad, really, that it's come to this, but it seems that you can't even be free from harassment in your own home. And this was all a result of mistaken identity!