What You Need to Know About Spam Text Messages
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.