Lawsuit Investigation: Is Cash App Sending Illegal Spam Texts?
Last Updated on April 26, 2023
At A Glance
- This Alert Affects:
- Washington residents who received a text message from a contact inviting them to download Cash App.
- What’s Going On?
- Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a class action can be filed against Cash App for allegedly sending consumers unsolicited texts as part of its referral bonus program. Specifically, attorneys are looking into whether the company sends app invites to consumers through their friends’ and families’ phone numbers without the recipients’ consent.
- How Could a Lawsuit Help?
- If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could allow consumers to recover up to $500 in damages. It could also force Cash App to change its business practices.
- What You Can Do
- If you live in Washington and received a text message from a contact inviting you to download Cash App, help this investigation by filling out the form on this page. You may be able to help get a class action lawsuit started.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org would like to speak with Washington residents who have received a spam text from a contact inviting them to download Cash App.
The text messages, which are sent under a contact’s phone number but composed and initiated by Cash App, invite a non-existing user to sign up for an account using a referral code so that both the sender and the recipient can receive a referral bonus.
It’s being investigated whether Cash App’s app invitation text messages are sent without the recipient’s prior consent in violation of the Washington Commercial Electronic Mail Act (CEMA).
A class action filed under the CEMA, a state-specific law that prohibits companies from sending Washington residents unsolicited promotional text messages without their permission, could potentially provide $500 per message.
Have you received a text message from a contact inviting you to download Cash App? If so, attorneys want to hear from you. Fill out the form on this page and share your story.
What Is the Washington CEMA?
The Commercial Electronic Mail Act is a state-specific consumer protection law originally passed in 1998 to cut down on unwanted, misleading or otherwise “spammy” emails. In 2003, the law was amended to include provisions restricting the transmission of unsolicited promotional text messages to Washington residents’ cell phones.
The CEMA specifically states that companies are prohibited from sending promotional text messages unless the recipient has “clearly and affirmatively consented in advance to receive these text messages.”
Attorneys believe that Cash App may have violated the CEMA by inviting consumers to download the app without first obtaining their permission to contact them via text.
How Could a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit filed under the CEMA could allow consumers the chance to recover up to $500 for the text messages. It could also force Cash App to comply with the anti-spam law moving forward.
If you live in Washington and received a text message from a contact inviting you to download Cash App, fill out the form on this page and share your story. The more people who come forward, the better chance the attorneys have at getting a class action lawsuit on file.
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