The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) provides for $500 – $1,500 in damagesÂ per call for wrong number debt collection calls to a cell phone. Â The reason for that is that the TCPA prohibitsÂ â€œusing any automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or prerecorded voiceâ€ withoutÂ the â€œprior express
consent of the called party.â€ Â Almost allÂ debt collectors use auto-dialers to initiate phone calls. Â Often you can detect this because of a pause between the time that you answer your phone and when the call is routed to the individual who is assigned to speak to you.
When a person owes a debt and then changes cell phone numbers, that number is often re-assigned to another person who is then the unhappy recipient of calls meant for the previous owner of the number. Â In this situation, a debt collectorsÂ cannot possibly have your “prior written consent” to call you on your cell phone because they are not even looking for you.
Often these cases are brought as class actions in which many hundreds or thousands of people have been subjected to similar calls. Â Usually, people whoÂ act to bring these cases receive “incentive awards,” which are additional financial compensation for their time and effort in takingÂ action.
If you have received call on your cell phone from a debt collection company looking for somebody, get in touch with us via this form (or call or email us). We will review your submission free of charge and keep it strictly confidential. Â When we take aÂ TCPA case we do not charge you any fees: All of our fees come from the defendants.