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How to Block Spam Texts

One Fast Way to Stop Spam Texts

My work phone number must have had an illustrious history before being assigned to me, because I've gotten several calls from debt collectors and tons of texts from spam marketers since the day I got it. Recently, I realized that the frequency of "how to become a secret shopper" and "ways to get a car loan" texts meant that it was time to find a way to block spam texts.

Most of you have also received unwanted spam texts too, so I know you share my frustration! And even though almost 90 percent of all emails sent last year were spam, somehow the occasional junk email that gets through to my inbox is not as annoying as its SMS counterpart; after all, you don't have to pay for emails from a shady marketer like you may have to for your incoming texts.

So how do you stop spammers from texting you? While some recommend replying "STOP," I'm not convinced that doing this would work and not, say, alert the offender of your working cell phone number. So instead, I use a simple recommendation for reducing the amount of junk texts you get. Read about it after the break.


Since most spam texts are generated from the Internet, you can block all Internet texts from reaching your phone by going on your network provider's messaging website and changing your preferences. I went to AT&T's messaging center, checked some boxes to block texts sent to my mobile phone's email address and was done. There is also a field where you can add domains to your safe list, so if you get notification alerts from a company (like an airline when your plane is late), you can ensure you'll keep getting its texts.

I'm hoping that this quick fix will reduce the amount of unwanted texts I get. What about you? Has this solution worked?

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ballparkbob ballparkbob 5 years
If you are receiving promotional text messages from a short code (a 4 or 5 digit number), simply reply with STOP and by law, the provider must take you out of the database.  While this may not work for long codes (traditional phone numbers), it will certainly work for short codes.   For more information, visit 
pinkmermaid23 pinkmermaid23 6 years
thanks so much. This happens to me way too often.
imLissy imLissy 6 years
the login page isn't https. is that even really att's website?
Angelica-Marden Angelica-Marden 6 years
Great tip. Boy did I ever need it!
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
In most states it is illegal for spam texters to solicit you after you send a STOP text. But, since Mobile Marketing is really taking off these days, I'm sure that will change. I had an entire course on this in my graduate program. Here's a brief on it all from Wikipedia:
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