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Charges filed against telemarketers

Mississippi's northern district public service commissioner Brandon Presley announced Tuesday that he was filing charges against 16 out of state telemarketing firms for violating the state's "No Call" laws.

Posted: Jan 30, 2018 6:31 PM

EDITOR'S NOTE: Despite the presence of a Do Not Call list for both landlines and cell phones, telemarketers are still a major nuisance in many states, including Mississippi. Tuesday, such companies were called 'predatory' by one official as he announced he was filing charges against them. WTVA's Mike Russell attended that announcement, and filed this report.

NETTLETON, Miss. (WTVA) - They're a pain in the ear. Telemarketers. One of their tactics, known as "Caller ID Spoofing" (using local numbers to get you to answer their calls) is well known, and especially bothersome. Brandon Presley, Mississippi's northern district public service commissioner, wants to put an end to all that.

"They use Caller ID spoofing because they know curiosity kills the cat," said Presley at a Tuesday press conference. That's just one reason why he filed charges against 16 out of state telemarketers. He says all of them have violated Mississippi's No Call laws -- and calls them a "scourge" on the country.

"Telemarketing has gone from being just an annoyance to now, in many cases, a case of fraud, and trying to scam people out of money," said Presley. These sixteen companies made hundreds of calls into Mississippi. And we want to send a message to these companies and other companies around the nation that if you call into Mississippi, we're coming after you..."

And he's certainly not the only disgruntled consumer. When it comes to telemarketers, no one is happy.

BEN MILLER: "Well, usually I hang up on them, honestly. I just don't even give them time to hear what they got to say."

BETH TRAYLOR: "I'm registered on the Do Not Call list, but that doesn't matter. They just keep calling anyways."

HULON WILLIAMS: "Well, you don't want me to say on camera.... I just tell them I don't want none of their calling, and I try to tell them, but they'll call again."

BOBBY THOMAS: "If I don't recognize the number, I just decline it."

TOMMY HUGHES: "I just don't answer the phone (laughs)."

RUSS DARBY: "I hate them. I'm one of these that if I want to buy something, I'll look it up and go buy it myself. I'm not going to do it for telemarketers. And half the time, they lie to get your attention."

BRENDIX GLASGOW: "My wife kind of scolds me for doing that, but I kind of prank around with them, and then hang up."

If the charges stick, the telemarketers could be forced to pay a fine of $5000 per call and that will add up quickly. It might just be a way to hang up on them permanently.

And by the way, if you don't have it already, you can download an app called "PSC No-Call" to block telemarketer calls, or you can call Brandon Presley's office direct at 800-637-7722.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 144544

Reported Deaths: 3729
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto963299
Hinds9584195
Harrison6848109
Jackson6124118
Rankin528598
Lee484295
Madison4633105
Forrest368186
Jones345287
Lauderdale3350143
Lafayette315049
Washington3097107
Lamar281849
Oktibbeha239261
Bolivar239083
Lowndes228863
Neshoba2164115
Panola211749
Marshall208350
Leflore200890
Pontotoc194728
Monroe190277
Sunflower189755
Lincoln186165
Warren172257
Tate164251
Union160925
Pike160458
Copiah158940
Yazoo151239
Scott150229
Itawamba147634
Coahoma147443
Pearl River144467
Simpson144253
Alcorn143925
Prentiss140429
Grenada136945
Adams136548
Leake131843
Holmes124961
George122224
Tippah121530
Covington117636
Winston116624
Wayne115823
Hancock114139
Marion111046
Attala107833
Tishomingo106142
Newton102729
Chickasaw102432
Tallahatchie95527
Clarke88553
Clay87027
Jasper81122
Walthall75028
Stone72414
Montgomery71925
Calhoun71613
Carroll70614
Lawrence70214
Yalobusha69427
Noxubee69217
Smith68816
Perry65225
Tunica59619
Greene58422
Claiborne57416
Jefferson Davis54217
Humphreys52618
Amite51214
Benton48417
Quitman4796
Webster42014
Kemper40917
Wilkinson38622
Jefferson33811
Franklin3235
Choctaw3077
Sharkey30617
Issaquena1114
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 236865

Reported Deaths: 3472
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson31043491
Mobile19446360
Tuscaloosa12684150
Madison12528146
Montgomery12122235
Shelby992276
Baldwin837684
Lee759765
Morgan626247
Calhoun6049113
Etowah600564
Marshall596153
Houston510838
DeKalb469635
Cullman421136
Limestone408844
St. Clair403955
Elmore398961
Lauderdale387253
Walker356199
Talladega339044
Jackson302524
Colbert297641
Blount282236
Autauga266139
Franklin246233
Coffee236615
Dale228454
Dallas222331
Russell21923
Chilton218537
Covington215933
Escambia196931
Tallapoosa171790
Chambers171448
Pike156014
Clarke155319
Marion135535
Winston126623
Lawrence123936
Geneva11848
Pickens117618
Marengo117424
Barbour116710
Bibb115717
Butler114341
Randolph100321
Cherokee99624
Hale93231
Washington89918
Clay89623
Fayette86216
Henry8436
Lowndes78929
Monroe77911
Cleburne75614
Macon71720
Crenshaw70330
Bullock69019
Conecuh68214
Perry6726
Lamar6337
Wilcox62818
Sumter56222
Choctaw41813
Greene41317
Coosa3144
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