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  407.1076.  Unlawful telemarketing acts or practices. — It is an unlawful telemarketing act or practice for any seller or telemarketer to engage in the following conduct:

  (1)  Misrepresent any material fact required pursuant to section 407.1073.  It is a defense to this subdivision if a seller or telemarketer shows, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the misrepresentation resulted from a bona fide error notwithstanding the maintenance of procedures reasonably adopted to avoid the error, and no civil penalties shall be imposed if this defense is met;

  (2)  Threaten, intimidate or use profane or obscene language;

  (3)  Cause the telephone to ring or engage any consumer in telephone conversation repeatedly or continuously in a manner a reasonable consumer would deem to be annoying, abusive or harassing;

  (4)  Knowingly and willfully initiate a telemarketing call to a consumer, or transfer or make available to others for telemarketing purposes a consumer's telephone number when that consumer has stated previously that he or she does not wish to receive solicitation calls by or on behalf of the seller unless such request has been rescinded;

  (5)  Engage in telemarketing to a consumer's residence at any time other than between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. local time at the called consumer's location;

  (6)  Request or receive payment in advance to remove derogatory information from or improve a consumer's credit history, credit record or credit rating;

  (7)  Request or receive payment in advance from a consumer to recover or otherwise aid in the return of money or any other item lost by the consumer in a prior telemarketing transaction, except that this provision shall not apply to services provided by a licensed attorney;

  (8)  Obtain or submit for payment a check, draft or other form of negotiable paper drawn on a consumer's checking, savings, share or similar account without the consumer's express written or oral authorization.  Such authorization shall be deemed verifiable if any of the following means are employed:

  (a)  Express written authorization by the consumer, which may include the consumer's signature on the negotiable instrument;

  (b)  Express oral authorization which is tape-recorded and made available upon request to the consumer's bank and which evidences clearly both the consumer's authorization of payment for the merchandise that is the subject of the sales offer and the consumer's receipt of all of the following information:

  a.  The date of the draft or drafts;

  b.  The amount of the draft or drafts;

  c.  The payor's name;

  d.  The number of draft payments;

  e.  A telephone number for consumer inquiry that is answered during normal business hours; and

  f.  The date of the consumer's oral authorization; or

  (c)  Written confirmation of the transaction, sent to the consumer prior to submission for payment of the consumer's check, draft or other form of negotiable paper, which shall include:

  a.  All of the information contained in paragraph (b) of this subdivision; and

  b.  The procedures by which the consumer can obtain a refund from the seller or telemarketer in the event that the confirmation is inaccurate;

  (9)  Procure the services of any professional delivery, courier or other pick-up service to obtain immediate receipt or possession of a consumer's payment, unless the merchandise or investment opportunity is delivered with the opportunity to inspect before any payment is collected;

  (10)  Knowingly provide assistance or support to any telemarketer when that person knows or consciously avoids knowing that the telemarketer is engaged in any act in violation of sections 407.1070 to 407.1085; or

  (11)  Knowingly utilize any method to block or otherwise circumvent a consumer's use of a caller identification service.


(L. 2000 S.B. 763)

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