TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Amory Police Department is warning about phone rage, after scam calls led to angry callbacks.
"There's arguments and threats being made over the phone for having a missed call, and the person they're returning the call to doesn't know," said Chief Ronnie Bowen of the Amory Police Department.
Chief Bowen says we have all received telemarketing calls from foreign places, but now scammers are stealing local numbers causing some intense phone drama.
"Our latest incident a person called back to the number that had called him, and began to curse, rant, and rave with the person," added Chief Bowen.
Bowen says although those unwanted calls are annoying, it is illegal to make threats over the phone.
"I try to be understanding. I might feel the same way getting those calls," added Tony Sargent, a victim of phone rage. "I don't think something should be done to them, they're the victims."
"I don't call back and make threats to someone and try to talk ugly to them on the phone. I just hang up and move on with my day," added Chief Bowen. "That's what I suggest people do."
You can add your number to the Mississippi Service Public Commission's No Call List here.