This just may be the most satisfying way to score serious cash. You can make as much as $1,500--yes, $1,500--PER unsolicited call or text (take that, telemarketers who interrupt family dinners). But at minimum, you're entitled to $500 for each made. Not bad for just picking up the phone.
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According to , all of the following all-too-common scenarios break the , which is supposed to limit companies from bothering you:
- Calls for someone else who might have had your phone number at one point.
- Calls claiming you owe money that you don't.
- Calls from companies you've told not to you.
- Calls before 8 A.M. or after 9 P.M. in your time zone.
- Calls if you've put yourself on the and didn't specifically allow that company to phone you.
(Unfortunately, even listing yourself with the Do Not Call Registry doesn't prevent political groups, nonprofits or research groups from getting in touch.)
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But many other types of calls and texts are also against the law. So what do you do if you suspect you've been illegally ed? A good, low-effort first step is to Google the phone number or company that reached out to see if there's already a lawsuit pending. You easily may be able to find out how to cash in from that case. No luck? Try visiting or download the PrivacyStar cell phone app, recommends DailyFinance.com. From there, you can file a complaint directly with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). And you can always a lawyer to get help receiving what you're owed.
I just got an unwanted text from a business that DEFINITELY didn't have my permission to me...because, said the message, it was a brand new venture! So I'm going to do something about it. With any luck, my next post about this will be written by a Meredith who's $500 to $1,500 richer.