News or Noise: Can you really get $900 if you received a cruise robocall?

News or Noise: Can you really get $900 if you received a cruise robocall?

August 23, 2017 10:08 PM

Each week, in News or Noise, Jennifer Mobilia sorts through items posted on social media to let you know what's real and what's fake.

In this week's News or Noise, online posts claims you can cash in on unwanted phone calls.

"Congratulations, you've won a free cruise!" We've all gotten those annoying robocalls. But according to a viral story, those "free cruise calls" could earn you up to $900.00.

One of the many posts on social media was from the Miami Herald.

It says, "If you received a robocall from Carnival, Norwegian or Royal Caribbean, you might want to enter your phone number on a class action website."

The article goes on to say, "A class-action lawsuit against those cruise lines and Resort Marketing Group means you might get between $300 to $900 for the calls."

The article is based on a class action lawsuit filed by Philip Charvat, claiming he received these annoying telemarketing calls without his permission, violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Although the lawsuit demanded a jury trial, the cruise companies ended up settling out of court. According to court documents, the companies agreed to pay between $7 and $12.5 million, depending on the number of claims.

Each qualifying person will receive up to $300 per call, with a maximum payout of $900 per phone number for calls received between July 2009 and March 2014.

So, although those robocalls are super annoying, the good news is this story is NEWS. So when you see it on social media, go ahead and share it. Your friends might even split the money with you.

To see if you're entitled to any of that class action settlement money, you can click here.

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