If you have a smart
phone than you are receiving text message spam. Text message spam is to your
cell phone what email spam is to your personal computer. They all want to get
your personal information.
However, text message spam is a triple threat.
It often uses the promise of free gifts or product offers to get you to reveal personal information.
It can lead to unwanted charges on your cell phone bill.
It can slow cell phone performance.
Text Message Spam is Illegal
It’s illegal to send
unsolicited commercial email messages to wireless devices, including cell
phones and pagers, unless the sender gets your permission first. It’s also
illegal to send unsolicited text messages from an auto-dialer — equipment that
stores and dials phone numbers using a random or sequential number generator.
Exceptions to this law:
If a company has a relationship with you, it can send you things like statements or warranty information.
Also, political surveys or fundraising messages can be sent to you.
Can the Spam
Here are a few steps
to can text message spam:
Delete text messages that ask you to confirm or provide personal information: Legitimate companies don’t ask for information like your account numbers or passwords by email or text.
Don’t reply, and don’t click on links provided in the message: Links can install malware on your computer and take you to spoof sites that look real but whose purpose is to steal your information.
Treat your personal information like cash: Your Social Security number, credit card numbers, and bank and utility account numbers can be used to steal your money or open new accounts in your name. Don’t give them out in response to a text.