Two years ago, I got a text message from a number with a Las Vegas area code. Spammers’ lists of numbers have been multiplying as they shift their focus from email to mobile phones to take advantage of cellphone companies’ weaker spam filters.
“Now, I’d say most people have been exposed to it themselves.” If you haven’t, you will be soon.
But don’t imagine that your tip is going to spur anyone to hunt down the scoundrel that spammed you and bring him to justice.
The spammers aren’t just sitting on a couch somewhere typing messages one by one into a handset.
Several wireless providers are in the process of deploying it.
Text spam used to be rare in the United States because, compared with the email equivalent, sending texts was expensive.
” Follow the link and it will admit that some “testing and participation” is required before you claim your prize.
It first asks you to confirm your email address, then requests your name, date of birth, phone number, and mailing address.
But unlimited texting plans made that approach less attractive to spammers, who know that such messages can easily be blocked.
Though it’s still worth doing, don’t expect a magic bullet.
Blocking messages from the Internet is also unlikely to cut down on the volume of spam you receive.