Have you received an email from the Fraley v. Facebook, Inc., Settlement? It looks like a scam email, but it isn’t. The class action suit is legitimate and claims that Facebook unlawfully used the names, profile pictures, photographs, likenesses, and identities of Facebook users in the United States to advertise or sell products and services through Sponsored Stories without obtaining those users’ consent.
As far as I’ve been able to determine through my research, there’s no reason not to apply for the claim. Don’t hold your breath on getting money, though. There’s a finite pool of money for claimants, and if the claimants are more than the pool, no one will get anything. At most, you’ll only get $10.
That’s not why I’m writing this post. I’m writing it because of what I discovered when I went to file my own claim electronically. It’s not an onerous process. They ask for name, address, Facebook name, etc. It was the last page that set me back.
They asked for my bank routing information. Really? A claim that may or may not pay me anything and won’t be decided until late June of this year? They want to keep my bank routing information on file for that long? Routing information that may never be used? Can you say “hacker alert?”
Fortunately, I scrolled down and saw an option to “send a check to the address provided.” Yeah, I selected that option, and I suggest you do the same if you decide to file your own claim.