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Were You A Victim of Robocalls? You Could Be Owed $900

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I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve declined calls, only to Google the number and find out that it was some sort of “spam” call.

I get all types of those calls.  Student loan forgiveness, credit card pre-approvals, “problems with my account” for services I don’t actually subscribe to…the list goes on. The calls may be annoying, but there’s some good news if you’ve gotten a specific type a call. If you got a robot call about a free cruise from Carnival, Royal Caribbean or Norwegian Cruise Line, you may have be entitled to $300-$900.

According to Fortune, Resort Marketing Group, the group representing those cruise lines is embroiled in a class action lawsuit.  They bought consumer contact information from a data broker and used it to illegally contact potential customers.  It was illegal, because the Telephone Consumer Protection Act prevents companies from using automated dialing equipment to place calls.  If the call is automated, the company needs written permission from the consumer to call them that way. Anyone who got those calls between July 23, 2009 and March 8, 2014 may be eligible to make a claim in under the lawsuit.

Of course, that was a long time ago and you may not remember if you got one of those calls or not. There’s an easy way to find out if you did! Simply click HERE and enter your phone number to see if you’re part of the settlement. If you’re number is on the list, you could receive $300 per call you got, up to $900 per phone line!

When I worked at our sister station, I remember getting one of these calls to our request line.  Sure enough, I plugged in the number and that number is part of the settlement! My cell number wasn’t part of the settlement, so I tried my fiancé’s.  His is, so we’ll be filing a claim and see what happens.

Normally, I wouldn’t hold my breath but when Red Bull was going through a $13 million class action lawsuit for falsely claiming the the energy drink enhanced your performance, concentration and reaction time, I tried to take advantage of that. If I’m on a long road trip and start to get tired, I always stop for a Red Bull.  Plus, you didn’t need proof of purchase that you bought one between 2002 and 2014 to file a claim for $10 or $15 in Red Bull products. I totally forgot that I filed the claim, but a free 4-pack of Red Bull showed up at my apartment about a year later! So who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky off my fiancé’s claim and get an extra $300+ for our wedding fund!

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