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elbanditoroso's avatar

What is all this Camp Lejeune lawsuit spam crap I have been seeing recently?

Asked by elbanditoroso (31954points) 1 week ago

It seems like I get 5–10 spam emails a day, but various advertising on web sites, having to something to do with Camp Lejeune and some lawsuite from 40 years ago.

What’s the story on that? Why are shyster lawyers trying to scam people for this? Why is focused advertising so awful? I have never set foot on Camp Lejeune – why are they bothering me?

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RayaHope's avatar

I saw something about the water being bad or causing cancer?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Benzene and other nasty things in the water system.

https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/

Tropical_Willie's avatar

To answer the “focus advertising,” it goes back to 1953 through 1987 ?. . . so how can the put focus on people that far back. It also impacts kids if the parents worked on base or lived near.

elbanditoroso's avatar

So their focuses are way off – I’m 300 miles away and have never been there. The only thing they have going is that I am male and approximately the right age group. That’s pretty lousy market targeting.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

There are NOT targeting; it is broadcast to any and all people.

How would you notify people of the this very ugly problem ?

HP's avatar

It’s all over tv. Ambulance chasing shysters out to harvest some bucks once again from the lucrative fields of government liability.

janbb's avatar

I don’t think it’s crap.

My uncle earned some money in 2000 or so from lawsuits for suffering from asbesteosis contracted in the Naval Yards during WW2.

HP's avatar

Exactly. The people who passed through that camp are walking cash registers for the legal profession.

janbb's avatar

^^ I don’t think that’s the point I was trying to make.

HP's avatar

Nevertheless, THAT is precisely the answer to this question. Is it not?

smudges's avatar

^^ No, @HP. Broaden your mind. Have a little more compassion and a lot less cynicism.

smudges's avatar

@elbanditoroso Spam is spam. Why has this particular topic gotten your petticoats all a-fluther? no pun intended

HP's avatar

@smudges what sort of broadening of the mind do you believe required to conclude other than that these spam messages are anything but efforts by law firms to fatten their bottom lines? Is that actually an unreasonable narrow minded assumption? What’s YOUR reason? If you agree it is spam, who benefits? WHO is responsible for it?

LadyMarissa's avatar

I’m getting them too. They’re even advertising on my local TV channel every 30 seconds or so. There’s a class action lawsuit in the works & they are targeting everybody within a 500 mile radius. There were a lot of Marines stationed there & many government workers who could be living anywhere now. These scammers don’t care IF they get 1 or 1,000 people filing on the lawsuit. The can’t file the suit IF they don’t have any clients, so they are fishing for dollars!!!

With my emails, I mark them ALL as SPAM & now I don’t seem to be receiving as many emails now.

smudges's avatar

@HP I’m thinking of the people who drank the poisoned water. Sure the lawyers want money, what else are they in business for? They’re using the only logical method to find anyone who has been affected. Usually it takes many years for problems to show up, and even more years to trace where they come from. At any rate, you can be sure that this didn’t just pop up out of the blue.

I don’t hear anyone complaining about the mesothelioma cases, or the talc products lawsuits, or agent orange, or the opioid crisis, so why this one? Simply because someone brought it up to bitch about and you joined in? like “Yeah, that makes me mad too!”

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canidmajor's avatar

Oh, ffs, just delete the emails or mute the TV or whatever. It would probably take less energy than spewing this outrage. If somebody who has been damaged by this benefits from the suit, good for them.

Pandora's avatar

My husband was there a few times during the years they speak about. We keep getting a lot of mail on that and even official notifications from the government. Some are lawyers trying to make a quick buck but for the most part, they are just trying to spread the word around and make sure everyone is notified.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’m getting a pile of them too. They usually end up in my spam folder.

The return address on the latest one was: contact@nikefree-runstore.com. I seriously doubt Nike was involved with this email.
I figure they are phishing.

KNOWITALL's avatar

I assume it’s real as some other lawsuits people I know and love are involved in. And dying.
One person was advised to name beneficiaries as he would likely be dead before it was settled. :(

janbb's avatar

@KNOWITALL My uncle’s share of the settlement went to his kids.

chyna's avatar

I WASN’T getting these emails until I read this question, and now I have 5 emails concerning Camp Lejeune.

Smashley's avatar

Geese, guys. We have marketing around us everywhere, constantly and people are harping over this one? Do you get pissed off at Pepsi for shamelessly advertising in a bald faced attempt to pad their bottom line? It’s what they do. If you don’t want it, ignore it.

The base was highly contaminated for 30 years, causing all kinds of health problems, for which the majority of victims were never compensated. In August, federal legislation was passed to make it possible for uncompensated victims to sue. So there’s a new ability for victims to sue and thirty years of potential victims to inform about the law. Of course they’re going balls deep in advertising. Remember when it was all sports gambling ads a few months ago? Those weren’t PSAs informing people of their new rights.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Smashley Yes and many will never get this chance for compensation because they are dead.
Watch Erin Brockovich before complaining.

canidmajor's avatar

@KNOWITALL How was @Smashley complaining? I thought they gave a reasonable explantation of why this is happening, now.

Smashley's avatar

@canidmajor I think you misread. I didn’t take it as against me at all. @KNOWITALL is right, no one should be complaining about these ads.

Pandora's avatar

You can set certain emails to go straight to spam. You could use the words, Camp Lejeune, as criteria for removal. I use to get a lot of email for surveys and donations. Now I set my email to send them to the spam folder and I don’t get a million phone notifications.

smudges's avatar

As my dad would have said, I must be living right because I have yet to receive even one email dealing with that. knock wood

RayaHope's avatar

I saw this on a billboard today coming home from school. Some lawyer guy was advertising help with these cases.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I got another one from this email address: info_zy53tq1spuh@thitpybgdhy.io

I’m sure it is Totally legit!

raum's avatar

I’ve been getting a ton and have also wondered the same.

Smashley's avatar

Part of the answer is legitimate marketing to reach people for these lawsuits, but most assuredly another part is scammers trying to trick old people.

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