What You Need to Know About Spam Text Messages

May 11, 2016

Spam text messages are an growing problem in the United States and Canada. Spam texts can be irritating, costly and a gateway for scammers. Here is what you need to know about text message spam. •    Cell phone spam is on the rise because unlimited texting plans and cheap disposable phones are now more affordable.  •    Scammers who distribute text spam can be difficult to track and prosecute because they change phones and numbers frequently. •    Cell phone providers are working to improve spam blocking, but spammers continue to find ways to circumvent the technology. •    Users in the US and Canada can forward spam texts to their cell phone provider at 7726 (SPAM). •    Users can also ask their provider to block text messages that originate from the Internet. This will not block cell-to-cell spam, but it will help eliminate some unwanted messages. •    Do not visit websites or respond to offers contained in text message spam. Many “free offers” are actually phishing scams designed to steal your personal information.