Telemarketer's caller ID invokes hit song

March 12, 2008 5:26:10 AM PDT
Someone with a little knowledge of musical golden oldies is jangling nerves in Delaware.

Some people getting late night and early morning telemarketing calls in the Wilmington area have been doing a double take when they see the number on their caller ID: 867-5309. That's part of the title of a 1980s hit - "867-5309/Jenny" - by the band Tommy Tutone.

Lindsey Vitalo of the Pike Creek got one of the calls at 4:20 a.m. Sunday. She answered, fearing the call was about a family emergency, but got a mortgage refinancing pitch.

At least two other people have told The (Wilmington) News-Journal about similar calls, and others have reported the calls in online forums, with more than five dozen complaints logged Tuesday at CallerComplaints.com.

They haven't been able to call back to protest, because there is no 867-5309 in Delaware's 302 area code.


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