This is my own personal blog, not the opinion of anyone else, my family, the station or anyone but me.
**Update: I received two more such calls on Sunday, also near 20 minutes past the hour. I picked up the first call, assuming that it was work calling about the snow storm. Again, the same pre-recorded call mess... $9.89 for 5 minutes call from "Jeremy". (All Jeremy's that I know are accounted for, and NOT in prison in Chillecothe.)
This time, I let the message play out, and it DID ask me if I wanted to accept the charges. I remained silent, and it again said that they didn't understand my response. Did I want to accept the charges. I hung up.
Three minutes later, the same number called again, and I didn't answer. Within 30 seconds, I had a message of a missed call.
There's no question this is automated, but there's no reason for me to accept the call. And I don't expect to be getting any charges. Just don't say "Yes" or press any buttons when you hang up!
***Additional Update: A couple of days later, I got a call from a (216) area code. It's the same inmate's voice asking for a collect call. As this was the SEVENTH call, I filled a police report with my local police. The officer took all the information and seems confident that this is NOT a scam. He believes it's a poor inmate who can't remember his family's cell phone number or is calling from the wrong area code.
The officer said he'd try to get back with the Chillecothe Sheriff's Department, where this call originated from, and attempt to identify the inmate who is mis-dialing. That satisfied me, and I asked the officer, if he succeeded in reaching this inmate, that I wished him good luck in the future.
What else can I do? I'm not paying for a collect phone call!