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PSC hits call list violators with stiff fine

August 6, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced this week that the Public Service Commission (PSC) entered default judgments against two companies for alleged no-call violations.
Your Direct Service Inc., of Florida, was fined $80,000, and Secure Alliance Corporation, of California, was fined $15,000 for allegedly making unauthorized solicitations over the telephone and failing to register with the PSC as phone solicitors, according to statement released to media from the PSC.
“We’re trying to be very aggressive in tracking down these solicitors,” Presley said. “I think it’s highly important we strictly enforce this law.”
He said the calls are not only a nuisance, but an invasion of privacy and also sometimes criminal in nature.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said finding and catching illegal solicitors is difficult, because many of the calls are generated from outside of the country.
“With the development of technology and how easy it is to mask these calls, scams are the order of the day,” Brinkley said. “Law enforcement agencies everywhere are scrambling to adjust, and we’ve got to train our citizens to be more vigilant in who they give their information to.”
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said his office receives at least two calls a week from citizens who have been the victim of an illegal solicitor.
“These folks calling from Jamaica or Beijing - they’re not worried about our no-call laws,” Scott said. “They’ll route the number where it shows up that they’re calling from Atlanta or New York.”
He said many of the callers are intimidating to citizens, as often solicitors allegedly claim to be law enforcement collecting fines and other payments.
“My best advice to our citizens is to just hang up,” Scott said. “The more you engage in conversation with them, the more they keep harassing you.”

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