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Local woman wins $232,500 after receiving 465 robocalls from her bank

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Posted at 6:14 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 18:21:24-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — After 5 years and 465 robocalls, Kimberly Salerno of Wyoming County is now $232,500 richer.

“I feel great about it," Salerno said. "Finally." she laughs.

Back in 2014, Salerno filed a lawsuit against Credit One Bank for the vast amount of robocalls she received from them from early December to late March. On Tuesday, she finally won her case.

“And, I hope it helps others people.”

Solerno’s attorney, Kenneth Hiller, said she was victorious under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which protects the public from receiving unsolicited robocalls from corporations.

“And what we found out during the litigation of the case is that they weren’t even calling for her, they were calling for her boyfriend,” Hiller said.

Solerno said she would receive three to four robocalls every morning for months.

“And at the time I had an Obama phone which had limited minutes on it," she said. "So if I were to answer calls, it would take minutes away.”

Salerno said she knew she didn’t owe the bank any money, so she wasn’t sure why they were calling. But she did know that 465 calls was too much.

“So I went to a lawyer who dealt with that, gave him a call and went from there,” she said.

Salerno was awarded $500 for every call she received from Capital One, leaving her $232,500 richer. But, she think she deserves more.

“They way that they treated me through this whole process and strung it out for llke years, I would have liked to see more," Salerno said.