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Analyst says text spam increased 45% last year

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Analyst says text spam increased 45% last year
Spam – we all get it, we all hate it and lately it has been overflowing out of our email and into our text messages. Unfortunately this rising, unwelcome trend has no signs of going away any time soon.

According to industry analyst Richi Jennings, U.S. spam text messages rose 45% last year to 4.5 billion messages. Spammers are typically able to use get an unlimited texting plan on a prepaid phone for as little as $20 a month, whereas recipients can be charged as much as 20 cents per message. While at first glance it may seem that carriers don’t care since they are getting additional revenue, Bloomberg reports that customer complaints about spam texts costs the carrier between $5 and $50 per call.

Since many of these text messages contain links to malware or can authorize charges to your bill if you respond, it is best to ignore them when you receive one. Some carriers have a way to report these unwanted messages by forwarding the text to SPAM or 7726. Your other option is to report the number to the FCC.

While that may not seem like enough immediate relief, David Diggs, a vice president at CTIA, said that several carriers are collaborating on a new anti-spam effort that is expected to be unveiled this year. Hopefully we will see carriers start to beef up their spam prevention efforts in the near future.

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 01 May 2012, 15:21 2

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

I don't care what anyone says, I love me some SPAM. It tastes good. Ummm.... lol

posted on 01 May 2012, 16:40

2. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Enjoy spam telling you that you have won a Best Buy gift card or that you have won an iPhone 5 for free to test...

posted on 01 May 2012, 17:24

3. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

One of the most annoying things ever. I'm tired of thinking I have a text,just to find out it's some stupid flirting app or "You Won" kind of crap. Thank God for the Mobile manager app that blacklists spammers.

posted on 01 May 2012, 19:00

4. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

i got a text from walmart today. i hate walmart. i do not shop at walmart. worse company to grace the face of the planet. horrible. of course this happens after i watched a documentary on the horrible ethics of the walmart brand.

posted on 02 May 2012, 11:26

5. itzmando (Posts: 115; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I have received 3 in the last 3 days. All Walmart ones!! that I'm some sort of winner. I despise Walmart, I don't ever shop there for anything no matter how low the cost is compared to the competition.
This is very annoying, as I do not know how to prevent this from happening. First time this ever happened to me.

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