SAN FRANCISCO – A Contra Costa County woman is suing a Florida company over allegedly repeatedly calling her to offer its services.

Winifred Cabiness filed a complaint on March 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Educational Financial Solutions LLC, doing business as Campus Debt Solutions, and Does 1-10, citing violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that the defendant acquired the former number of the U.S. Department of Education that was used as a call center for federally backed student loans. The plaintiff alleges she called the number on May 27, 2015, and, believing she was speaking to a representative from the Department of Education, provided her Social Security number and other personal information. When she discovered that the number now belonged to the defendants, she did not call back, the suit states. She alleges that the defendants have called repeatedly to enroll her in a loan repayment plan through them, and that they use an automated dialing system to place calls.

The plaintiff seeks the following: $500 in statutory damages and $1,500 in treble damages for each call in alleged violation of the TCPA, permanent injunction prohibiting such actions in the future by the defendants, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just and proper. She is represented by Sharon Djemal of East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Case number 3:16-cv-01109-LB

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