According to the lawsuit, south of Florida was hit with unsolicited text messages encouraging them to sell their junk cars to the provided number. Below are some examples of the texts sent out:
Cell 305-824-7923 COMPRO CARROS//$400 WE BUY JUNK CARS//$400 cell 305-824-7923
$475 CASH!: LET’S SAVE OUR PLANET RECYCLE YOUR OLD VEHICLE CALL NOW 305-812-6713
$400-475 WE BUY JUNK CARS (COMPRAMOS CARROS PARA RASTRO) CALL 786-354-3727
A reporter who received one such text, decided to do a little reporting was able to find the ring leader Gregorio A. Tejera and two of his cohorts. A Hallandale lawyer Scott Owen’s stepped in and filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of those effected. They are requesting $500 per text message (as per the TCPA), which once you add them all up come out to an astonishing $1 billion dollars.
The likelihood of the junk car kings actually coughing up $1 billion dollars is very unlikely, but it will not be cheap. Keep an eye on the Tatango blog for any updates about this case.