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The Gloucester County Office of Consumer Affairs in partnership with the Federal Trade Commission is launching a new onslaught against telemarketing fraud and other means of solicitation tomfoolery Individuals are contacting people on the telephone claiming to represent a charity or fund-raising organization when they either do not represent a charity at all or only a small percentage of the money will actually go towards the charity Other scams involve 900 lines dating services and travel packages The telemarketers use a variety of tactics to persuade the consumer to purchase the goods they are trying to sell ranging from slightly sneaky to undoubtedly unscrupulous The question of ethics comes in to play here when one must ask himself whether or not it is all right to cheat someone not smart enough to check all the facts and educate themselves against being cheated Looking at todays society people tend to marvel and sometimes even cheer at those who are able to take advantage of the intellectually challenged and turn a profit One of the most successful businessmen in the world Bill Gates sits at the top of his throne only because he was smart enough to steal programming ideas from his peers Microsofts Windows is based on technology created by Xerox yet Gates is hailed as the genius who created the program Was it wrong for Bill Gates to exploit what he saw was an opportunity to skyrocket to the top It was not wrong if he looked at the example set forth by our forefathers When Christopher Columbus first sailed to the New World he found it inhabited by a race of people who had been here for many many years The Native Americans held claim to and inhabited the land that would soon be taken over by Europeans and changed completely forever The Europeans cheated and swindled the Native Americans and used many means of trickery to obtain the land Soon the Native Americans
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