You Are All Familiar With Annoying Spam Text Messages!
We Hate Them Don’t We!
You get messages at all hours, day and night, about insurance, buying used cars, car warranties, and anything else spammers think they can sell you.
Plus countless businesses that you know and do business with now use text messages as a way to keep you informed of your orders and shipping. These have proven very popular but also reduce costs for these businesses, and that helps you save money too.
It is truly annoying and disrupts your life!
Some Are Dangerous!
Except that not all text messages are innocent or just annoying, many are scams. And these scams come in many different forms.
The typical types of Scam Text Messages include:
Phishing messages asking for your personal information
Malware lures that want you to click on a link that will infect your device
Regular monetary scams – from lotto & sweepstakes to vacations to travel, all you have to do is pay a small amount to get the item of value
But now we are seeing an old-school style of scamming return (if it ever went away at all.)
Some of these scam texts are what are called “Stop Scams”
Sometimes, when you call or text certain numbers there can secretly be extra charges for that. These days, your phone provider is probably warning you that it might happen but most people do not listen – especially because it never tells you what that additional charge might be.
IT WORKS LIKE THIS:
You get a text from someone and it usually says it comes from a short number instead of a regular phone number
The message is offering something that you don’t want or it could be from a company you know
It says that if you want these texts to stop you should type STOP in a reply message
If you do that it will charge to your phone bill an extra (unknown) amount – it could be a few dollars or hundreds
It is that simple
DO THIS INSTEAD
Instead of replying to the message, report them to your carrier. Your photo provider probably offers spam filtering apps. By downloading your carried’s call blocker/filter app you can block them and report them to the phone service provider.
Always Report All Scams – Anywhere In The World To:
The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.