JACKSON — Mississippi Public Service Commission chairman Brandon Presley is praising the passage of the Caller ID Anti-Spoofing Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Haley Barbour March 15.
Presley said the measure would outlaw deceptive tactics used by some telemarketers and other when calling Mississippians. The Act outlaws a technique used to show a different number and/or name on caller ID than that of the actual caller. An example would be where a person’s caller ID may show a call from “662-555-1234” when actually it is a call from “952-555-5678..”
“My office became aware of this practice in 2008 during the course of many investigations related to the No-Call law. We feel that approximately two hundred possible No-Call violations have been reported that are a result of spoofing.” Presley said. “There is no doubt in my mind that this law will help stop many illegal telemarketing calls.
“My office has been working with Attorney General Jim Hood and others since 2009 to get this bill passed so that we can stop this practice. I think this is a victory for consumer protection.”
House Bill 872, the Caller ID Anti-Spoofing Act, becomes effective July 1, 2010. Anyone found guilty of violating the Act can be fined, as a misdemeanor, up to $1,000 as a misdemeanor or prosecuted as an unfair trade practice under existing state law.