AUSTIN – One Texas man has turned those annoying robocalls into tens of thousands of dollars.
Dan Graham is a CPA who works in Texas and he is sharing his method for turning those robocalls into cash.
He said the first step is adding your number to the National Do Not Call Registry.
If you receive an unwanted call after your number has been on the registry for 31 days, you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
Graham said then if you’re still getting calls, you can turn them into lawsuits.
He told FOX4 you should ask the person on the phone to tell you more about why they’re calling.
If they’re calling about a car warranty — give them some fake information so you can get more out of them.
Once Graham finds out the company the caller works for, he says he contacts them directly to ask them to stop the illegal phone calls.
If they don’t, he sues them in small claims court for violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, FOX4 reported.
“I probably get, in any given day, 10 on average,” Graham told KXAN about the number of illegal phone calls and text messages he gets. “I counted one day, actually…I got 24 that day.”
He told KXAN that filing complaints with the Better Business Bureau and the FTC didn’t help stop the calls and that’s when he started pushing back and filing lawsuits. He said he filed his first lawsuit in Travis County in April 2021.
According to KXAN, Graham has filed around 50 small claims cases just in Travis County and several more in North Texas.
He told FOX4 earlier this week that he has grossed over $105,000 since he started filing suits against the companies for illegal calls.
Graham says anyone who plans to file a suit against these companies needs to be prepared to argue the law.
Graham also created a video on how to get started: