Central District Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey announced Wednesday that the Federal Trade Commission has ruled that telemarketing robo-calls are illegal.
“This action, along with the Mississippi 'No Call' program, will hopefully help the many Mississippians who have been harassed by these unscrupulous telemarketers,” said Posey.
Posey said, earlier this year, the Mississippi Public Service Commission, along with other public service commissions, petitioned the FTC to take this action.
He said consumers must first agree in writing if they want to receive these calls.
Posey said the new requirement is part of the amendments to the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule that were announced a year ago. Under the new rule, most sellers and telemarketers who transmit prerecorded messages to consumers without their prior written agreement will face penalties of up to $16,000 per call.
There are some prerecorded calls that will not be subject to the new rule, such as those that deliver purely “informational” messages, and calls from politicians, banks, telephone carriers, and most charitable organizations.
For more information on Mississippi’s No Call Law or to register your phone number, please contact Commissioner Posey’s office at 1-800-356-6430.