Angel Fraley v. Facebook Inc. E-Mail

United States
January 19, 2013 11:42am CST
I just received an odd E-Mail in my inbox from a "legalnotice@facebookmail.com". Does anyone know about this type of E-Mail? It doesn't seem legitimate, though it seems that many people have gotten this message. (quoting from the message) "You are receiving this e-mail because you may have been featured in a "Sponsored Story" on Facebook prior to December 3, 2012. A Federal court authorized this Notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer. This notice relates to a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit filed against Facebook relating to a particular Facebook feature called "Sponsored Stories". According to available records, you may be a "Class Member". The Action 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. Facebook denies any wrongdoing and any liability whatsoever. No court or other entity has made any judgement or other determination of any liability.
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@shiesse (308)
• Canada
21 Jan 13
It seems pretty fishy to me, does it give you any contact numbers to get more information from? I am always wary when it something is giving me a deadline to do something, but in this case it is giving you enough time to research before doing anything. Even the email that you received this notice from seems fishy to me, why would it be @facebookmail when its a class action against facebook. I would be very nervous with this. Can you see what sponsored story this is referring to so you can see if anything of yours was used in it?
• United States
21 Jan 13
I agree with you that this E-mail is very fishy. as to contacting more information, the E-mail has a site called www.fraleyvsfacebookstatement.com , which looks like anything but a hoax/scam. (If I juxtaposed it with scam sites that would have "$1000 Visa Giveaways and such) I'm surprised that the deadline is actually fairly long away than most scam sites, considering that most scam sites would have a very close deadline from the day it's been given.
• United States
21 Jan 13
Whoops, I meant fraleyvsfacebooksettlement.com , and I honestly say that I should just leave it alone.
@shiesse (308)
• Canada
21 Jan 13
I am no expert or anything but I checked out this site out of curiosity and I find it very fishy that is this is a legitimate claim that there is no phone number, or address or anything else to know exactly who you are contacting. I does give you a contact us button but does not provide you with any info on who you are actually contacting. It screams scam to me, just my opinion be wary of this. Make sure you research very hard before giving any of your personal information and try to find out who is trying to get this info before you give it.
• United States
20 Jan 13
i've gotten one of these too.i checked snopes,and they seem to be of the opinion it's real,but still i'm not entirely sure about it.there's so many scams coming off of facebook.
• United States
21 Jan 13
Hm, I haven't done anything off of Facebook except chat with my friends, but other than that I'm not sure what I could have done to receive this letter. I think it's best if I just delete the e-mail though, seeing as those who also received it generally deleted the E-Mail and didn't get anything after that.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
19 Jan 13
I just got off fb and haven't seen anything about that. No emails from them either. I wonder what's going on!