Report Scam Text Messages

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Text message spam is just like getting email spam on your personal computer.  Both might try to convince you to give out your personal information which is why it is important to report scam text messages.

Text message spam threatens you in three ways: it can slow down your cell phone performance, it can lead to unwanted cell phone charges on your bill and, frequently, guarantees free products or gift offers to convince you to give out your personal information.

Triple Threat


  • report scam text messagesSlows down the performance of your cell phone by using up space in your phone’s memory
  • Leads to unwanted charges to your cell phone bill.  Your wireless carrier might charge you just for simply getting a text message whether you wanted it or not.
  • Frequently uses a guarantee of free gifts such as gift cards and computers or product offers such as credit cards, cheap mortgages or debt relief services to convince you to give out your personal information (i.e. Social Security Number, credit card number, bank account information, how much money you owe or how much you make.)  Clicking a link in a text message can also install malware that will collect information on your phone.  Once the scammer has you personal information, they then sell it to marketers or, even more scary, to identity thieves

It’s Illegal


It is illegal to send to wireless devices any unwanted commercial email messages, which include both pagers and cell phones, unless the receiver first grants them permission.  Also, it is illegal to send unwanted text messages via an auto-dialer (equipment that contains phone numbers and then dials them using a sequential or random number generator.

Here are the legal exceptions:

  • Messages that are not commercial including fund-raising messages or political surveys.
  • Relationship or transactional messages.  If you have a relationship with a business, it is permitted to send you things like warranty information or statements.

Sack The Spam


report scam text messagesHere are some tips to help put a stop to spam text messages:

  • Delete text messages that want you to provide or confirm your personal information.  Authentic companies do not request information such as passwords or account numbers by text or email.
  • Do not answer them and do not click on the links they provide in the message.  Links might install malware onto your phone and guide you over to bogus sites that look genuine but whose sole purpose is to swipe your information.
  • Consider your personal information like cash.  Your bank and utility account numbers, credit card numbers and Social Security numbers might be used to create new accounts in your name and take your money.  Do not give them over in reply to a text.
  • Register your cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry.
  • If you are a Bell, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile or AT&T subscriber, you may report spam texts messages to your carrier by copying the initial message and then forwarding it to 7726 (SPAM).  It’s free of charge.
  • Audit your cell phone bill for any illegitimate charges, and report it to your carrier.

Register A Complaint


If you receive undesirable commercial text messages register a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  They also take complaints about undesirable text messages.

For further information, check out this video below:

 

 

It’s so important to report scam text messages to try and shut these scammers down.  Have you ever been a victim of a text message scam?  Please leave your comments below.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Roopesh

    I think that I am one of those guys that are getting more than my fair share of these scam text messages.

    I am guilty on one or two occasions of falling through with the instructions and giving them my info.

    I was not aware that malware could be installed on your phone this way.That is scary.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    By the way thanks for that info on wanting to start a business. I am interested and will definitely check it out.

    Regards
    Roopesh

    • Barb

      Hi, Roopesh!  Thanks for dropping by and sharing.  I love hearing from my readers.

      I’m so sorry that you were deceived.  Immediately, report your spam messages to the FTC and your carrier, register at the Do Not Call Registry and definitely monitor your cell phone bill for any unauthorized charges.

      Yes, in fact, by clicking a link in a text message you can be downloading malware onto your phone.

      My best advice moving forward is never respond to a spam text message even if they give you a link to “opt out”.  It’s just a trick to see if the number is active.

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      Cheers!

  2. Keane

    Hey Barb,

    I have to say after reading this post that you have covered every little detail that there is to know about scam text messages. You’ve left no stone unturned here and anyone that visits this site will have to be impressed with their findings.

    You’ve presented such a great deal of awesome information.

    I have bookmarked this post into my files for a future reference. I loved the tips you presented on this topic.

    Thanks again for sharing!

    • Barb

      Hey, Keane!  Thanks for dropping by and sharing.  I love hearing from my readers.

      I’m glad I was able to give a thorough understanding of spam text messages and that you are using my article as a reference.  Please share this article with your friends to keep them safe.  Together, we can help even more people avoid being scammed.

      Cheers!

  3. Kent

    Oh yes I’ve had plenty of spam messages lately both on my cellphone and my emails. They pretend to be someone from the bank.

    I know you said to not respond to it, but sometimes I get so irritated I can’t help but reply back and tell them to shove it up their a hole. I’m currently with Bell, and I have tried forwarding these spam messages to the SPAM number, but there’s always another scammer that appears to take it’s place!

    • Barb

      Hi, Kent!  Thanks for dropping by and sharing. I really love hearing from my readers.

      I’m so sorry that you are having such a problem.  I know.  It’s very frustrating and I can see why you want to tell them what to do with their messages.  Typically, it’s an autodialer at first so, if you respond, it thinks you are interested and continues to keep sending you messages.  Also, in all likelihood, once you show an interest, the scammer sells your number to other scammers which is why you’re getting even more.  If it’s becoming unbearable, it might be best to change your number and remember to never respond to any spam messages no matter how tempting it is.

      I hope this helps.

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