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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.

Confirmed Cases: 67649

Reported Deaths: 1912
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds5656118
DeSoto368031
Harrison253036
Madison244368
Rankin229235
Jackson228843
Jones191659
Forrest182056
Washington168942
Lee147941
Lauderdale141192
Neshoba128692
Lamar122614
Oktibbeha112739
Bolivar111834
Warren109533
Lowndes108538
Panola106214
Sunflower105425
Scott100320
Lafayette98317
Copiah95728
Leflore94765
Pike93836
Holmes90049
Grenada84921
Yazoo83312
Lincoln83241
Pontotoc8308
Simpson80330
Monroe80155
Leake79025
Wayne77421
Coahoma77213
Tate73629
Marshall7019
Marion68420
Union64316
Adams62925
Winston62316
Covington62113
George5895
Pearl River55439
Newton54311
Tallahatchie53011
Attala52325
Walthall50120
Chickasaw47019
Noxubee45912
Alcorn4345
Tishomingo4216
Calhoun4209
Prentiss41710
Claiborne40913
Smith40613
Clay39714
Hancock39514
Jasper3889
Itawamba37510
Tippah36713
Tunica3517
Clarke32626
Montgomery3265
Lawrence3228
Yalobusha31510
Humphreys29411
Quitman2701
Carroll26111
Greene25512
Perry2437
Amite2356
Webster23512
Kemper23414
Jefferson Davis2336
Wilkinson21113
Stone2055
Sharkey1995
Jefferson1957
Benton1431
Choctaw1354
Franklin1312
Issaquena262
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 99926

Reported Deaths: 1781
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson13258244
Mobile10517207
Montgomery6835149
Madison544734
Tuscaloosa423076
Baldwin365125
Unassigned363064
Shelby330936
Marshall318937
Lee270047
Morgan241118
Etowah216232
DeKalb183013
Calhoun180717
Elmore173138
Walker153964
Houston141912
Russell13872
St. Clair135418
Limestone134913
Dallas133123
Franklin128820
Cullman122712
Colbert120716
Lauderdale118919
Autauga117421
Escambia108717
Talladega104814
Jackson10144
Tallapoosa86579
Chambers84438
Dale83525
Clarke82610
Blount8124
Chilton8097
Butler76736
Coffee7646
Covington73720
Pike7087
Marion58026
Barbour5765
Lowndes57324
Marengo56515
Hale47826
Bullock46611
Winston45711
Perry4454
Washington44312
Bibb4425
Wilcox43210
Monroe4215
Pickens4049
Randolph40310
Conecuh39310
Sumter36418
Lawrence3512
Macon33914
Crenshaw3265
Choctaw28712
Cherokee2758
Henry2643
Clay2635
Geneva2631
Greene25211
Lamar2292
Fayette2125
Cleburne1271
Coosa1033
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