Sound too good to be true? Many people don’t believe that they could actually GET PAID for getting spam calls, but if you received a call from Dish Network in 2010 or 2011, you could get awarded $1,200 per call.
A $61 million class action lawsuit
A recent lawsuit against Dish Network found them guilty of placing about 51,000 calls in violation of the Do Not Call Registry. The punishment for that crime? Dish Network was required to shell out $400 per call. However, that number became $1,200 per call when a judge later found that the TV company had “willfully and knowingly violated” the law.
How did Dish Network respond? They refuted all claims, of course, placing blame on an outside contractor, which has been shut down since the class action lawsuit began. A representative for the company told CBS News, “these calls violated Dish’s express instructions to the contractor.” They are now appealing the suit.
Not a Scam
Now, here’s the strangest part of all: since so many people are used to getting frequent spam calls, most have assumed that the $1,200 settlement was just another scam! John W. Barrett, an attorney who worked on the suit, made plenty of calls to people who could be eligible for a payout, but the large majority were extremely skeptical. "Talking to them firsthand, I learned that they thought that we were, A, telemarketers, or B, trying to scam them,” Barrett said.
Deborah Turner, a Chicago banker, got at least 15 calls from Dish Network during 2010 and 2011, pestering her to switch her TV service. When Barrett called Deborah to tell her that she might be eligible to receive $18,000 for those annoying calls, Turner wanted to hang up like she had done so many times before. “‘Yeah, right’ is my first thought. Right,” she said in an interview with CBS.
How to Cash In
Not many people realize that they might be able to cash in on the settlement. Since most people have no record of the calls made to them in 2010 and 2011, they might miss out! A look-up link has been provided for those who want to check their eligibility. If you think you received calls from Dish Network but your number does not show up on the lawsuit registry, you would need to show proof that you received these calls in 2010 and 2011.
After a 120 percent increase in complaints to the FCC about Do Not Call List violators, government agencies are doing everything they can to crack down on spam calls. The lawsuit against Dish Network may be the first we’ve heard about for a while, but it certainly won’t be the last. Want to cash in on the next one? Sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry, and keep track of spam calls with a call blocking app. It’s easy and free, and just might result in some extra cash for you.