Ain’t your caller-back girl

In the true spirit of the Sac Rag RIGHT AWN!, I’d like to bring to your attention (thanks for the tip, RonTopofIt) to one Sacramento resident by the name of Andre Lamme:

Telemarketers ignoring the “do not call” registry should think twice before calling Andre Lamme’s house in Sacramento.

Fed up with repeated calls from stubborn telemarketers, Lamme resorted to a little-known federal law allowing consumers to sue violators in small claims court.

Despite getting my phone numbers on the national do-not-call registry, I’m still getting calls from telemarketers, and I’ve gotten tired of warning these interruptors to my dinner that it’s illegal for them to call me.

Finally, someone hits these guys back!

So far, Lamme’s lawsuits have netted more than $13,000. Lamme said he’s not in it for the money, most of which he donates to charity…

Lamme said the key to collecting is to keep an accurate log. He offers detailed instructions and tools on a Web site he created.

In the first two months, more than a quarter-million people visited

Andre Lamme, you’re my hero for today, and evidently, the hero for more than 250,000 similarly frustrated people. You’re exemplifying the spirit of RIGHT AWN! – the little guy trying to make a difference.

So, to you Andre Lamme, RIGHT AWN!

7 thoughts on “Ain’t your caller-back girl”

  1. I never answer the phone, and I always keep the ringer turned off. If someone calls and is leaving a message, I hear clicks from the answering machine. I then turn the volume up to see if somebody’s there. If somebody isn’t leaving a message, I assume the caller was a telemarketer.

    It’s a lot easier doing that, than putting one’s number on a do-not-call list and filing a lawsuit.

    Mostly I communicate via e-mail… but not everyone e-mails.


  2. If you’re an SBC/AT&T/Pacific Bell/(Insert This Week’s Company Name Here) customer, you can also get call blocking which does not allow “unknown name” or “private caller” numbers to place calls to you without identifying themselves first. I love it.


  3. This reminds me of the story about crooked telemarketers (which mentioned Andre Lamme and his KillTheCalls) in the Technology section from this past Monday’s SF Chronicle.

    Did News10 get the idea for this story from the Chronicle, or did KillTheCalls perform some sort of media outreach?


  4. I’ve found the call blocking to be frustrating though. If you work for a company with multiple phone lines (hundreds at my employer) the number won’t register and the call is blocked. I’ve found this out, as I can’t call my sister from my office. You may be missing calls from your doctor, CPA, lawyer, or even your kid’s school as their phone systems don’t display a number due to the multiple lines.


  5. wow, a great point plumwin, one that not too many people think of. i bet that would happen with tons of employers, basically any place with some kind of PBX system. i’m sure calls from my work would get blocked at home if we had call blocking.


  6. One more problem: to get around the call blocking feature for private or unidentified callers, now telemarketers christen themselves as “800 Services” to get through. I’ve learned Lynn’s approach actually works – I ignored them long enough and they actually have stopped calling.


  7. Am I the only one who views telemarketing calls as zero-effort, harder-to-get-in-trouble-for prank calls? It’s like they’re calling you, begging you to mess with them.


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