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Do You Get Spam Text Messages?

Do You Get Spam Texts?

I consider myself one of the lucky ones whose phone number hasn't ended up on too many random telemarketer lists — besides that annoying one earlier this year telling me the warranty on my non-existent car was going to expire. But bright and early this morning I was woken up by my iPhone's text message alert. When I picked up the phone to see who was texting me so early, I saw what is basically a commercial for a debt settlement program. No, I don't have $10,000 in credit card debt, thanks.

I have no idea how these people got my number; but I hope it doesn't happen again. I can't deal with an inbox full of spammy text messages on top of all of the email spam I receive. What's next, text message spam filters? Has this ever happened to you? Is there a way to get them to stop?

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sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Grrr, unfortunately yes. >(
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
It's actually illegal (in most states, I believe now) to send spam texts. You MUST opt in to get outside texts from "advertisers" (example: you sign up for updates from a bands/company's website)... Last time I checked the majority of the states had that law, which was in October when I completed my mobile marketing course in my entertainment business Masters degree. So yeah, I'd report those texts, but I'm also a tattle-tale :)
dyskrasia dyskrasia 7 years
I haven't lately, but about 8 years ago I had my old Nokia tied to my former hotmail address for email notifications. For awhile I was receiving about 5 text spams per day, even after disabling the notifications. I couldn't even figure out what else my number could have been used for, but eventually it got so bad that my mom had to change my phone #. Luckily we'd been with PacBell-AT&T-Cingular-AT&T(again) for so long that it didn't cost us anything to change the number, but what an annoyance!
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I know Telus has a "spam free guarantee", I'm not sure about other providers (my mom is with Verizon).
Pistil Pistil 7 years
A while ago I got a weird text that went something like, 'remember me...' something or other and it ends with a website of some kind. My mom has also gotten cryptic spam on her phone. I thought it might have to do with the fact that I use my cell # when I order anything online.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 7 years
I've received a few. :/ I'm not a big "texter" either, so I have a plan where I pay per text given/received... so I had to block all incoming texts thanks to them!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i never have, but ever since my bf got a new number in a new area code, he gets these weird texts which seem to be coming from a hotmail email account...and they reference "practices" and "games" in a town fairly close to us - i dont' think it's spam, i think someone has his number on some sort of list, maybe the number is old and used to be someone on this team or whatever...anyway, we have no idea how to stop it from happening, but he gets them at really annoying times, like midnight on a sunday and it wakes us up!!
smhooper smhooper 7 years
i received this EXACT text the other day on my iphone, maybe 2 days ago...i wonder where they got our numbers from??? ugh!
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