Irritating, unwanted, unsolicited, spam text. Do you receive them too? If you’re not on an unlimited text plan, they could even be costing you $. What to do?
#1 DO NOT CLICK LINKS IN THE TEXT MESSAGE
Promises of free gifts or money are not honored. If you click the link you will be asked to provide all sorts of personal information. Do not click the link.
How can you tell if a marketing text message is legitimate? Text marketing messages are required to follow the same rules as telemarketers or phone calls. First, they must have your written permission to send you the text. This could be as simple as a sign-up sheet or web form that you filled out. Second, the message must include a way for you to opt out of future messages. Generally, you will see “text STOP to …” at the end of the marketing message.
But what if the annoying text you received does not have an opt out method? If you are an AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint subscriber you can report the message. I tried this and it has reduced the number of spam texts I receive. Forward the message to 7726 (SPAM). On an iphone, put your finger on the message text, press more, press the right arrow to forward, and enter 7726. Verizon will send a confirmation asking for the phone number that sent the spam. Send the phone number in the following format 555-555-5555. You can also login to your cell phone provider’s website and block the number.
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