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February 10, 2014

Davidson man sues Wells Fargo over repeated phone calls

A Davidson man alleges in a lawsuit that Wells Fargo repeatedly called his cellphone seeking payment on a home loan even though the man had no relationship with Wells.

A Davidson man alleges in a lawsuit that Wells Fargo repeatedly called his cellphone seeking payment on a home loan even though the man had no relationship with Wells.

Dominic Maier began receiving calls in November from the bank that were made by an automatic dialing system, the lawsuit states. His attorney, Ruth Allen, described them as collections calls.

Maier claims in the lawsuit he does not have any accounts with Wells Fargo or any known way for the bank to have his number. Still, Maier received between 40 and 60 calls, Allen said. They kept coming even after Maier signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry and told Wells Fargo to stop calling.

The bank would ask for a man whom Maier does not know, the suit says. Despite Maier telling Wells Fargo that it had the wrong number, the call volume escalated to a “harassing rate,” the lawsuit states, reaching several calls a day.

Wells Fargo did not return several phone calls seeking comment.

This is not the first time Wells Fargo has been accused of repeated illegal phone calls. Wells agreed to pay $17 million in 2012 to resolve a class-action lawsuit claiming people received unwanted calls on their cellphones, causing them to incur charges.

The bank also pledged that it had set up a system to ensure people only received calls on their cellphones if they actively gave the bank permission to use the numbers.

Researcher Maria David contributed.

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