Can the Spam Texts (And Robocalls)

TXT MSG:
U won a FREE gift card!! Go 2 TXMSGSPAM, enter
code $$$ to claim card within 24 hrs.

RU getting the MSG? Recently, the FTC moved to shut down a network of scammers who sent spam texts that promised  “free” gifts, prizes, electronics, or gift cards. The catch? Clicking on the links in the texts sent recipients on a wild goose chase: a confusing and elaborate process that required them to pay for subscription services, apply for credit, or enter sensitive personal information – including their phone numbers. There were no free gifts or gift cards, but there were plenty of follow-up illegal robocalls

If you get a spam text:

  • Delete any texts asking you to confirm or provide personal information. Legitimate companies don’t ask for information like account numbers or passwords by text or email.
  • Don’t reply, and don’t click on links provided in the message. Links can install malware and take you to spoof sites that look real but whose purpose is to steal your information.
  • Don’t give out any personal information in response to a text. A spammer wants access to your Social Security number, credit card numbers, and bank and utility account numbers to open new accounts in your name.  
  • Report spam texts to your carrier. AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint or Bell subscribers can copy the original text and forward it to 7726 (SPAM), free of charge.
  • Review your cell phone bill for unauthorized charges. Report them to your carrier.

And what if you get an illegal robocall?

  • Hang up, without pressing any numbers. If you press a number, including one to speak with an operator to get off the call list, it may lead to more robocalls.
  • Contact your phone provider and ask them to block the number. Some phone providers charge for this service, and illegal telemarketers are notorious for changing their Caller ID information often. Decide whether it’s worth paying a fee to block a number that is likely to change soon.
  • Put your cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry.
  • Report the robocall to ftc.gov/complaint.
Blog Topics: 
Privacy & Identity

Comments

Your suggestion to use the National Do Not Call registry is useless, I have been on it for about 3 yrs. And I still got unwanted calls, my internet
provider does a better job of blocking calls, but even they cannot block all of them, a better way needs to be found, to stop these leeches.

Watch the John Carter calls and agent 0015 Tony Stuart for calling you and saying you won millions and a car etc and they are delivering it to you. They put it off days because of LITTLE glitches with transferring the check to Michigan thru govt and state regulations. Then they try to tell you the federal trade commission or federal govt wants 20% or for you a small pmt to guarantee you will pay taxes and you will get it back in 24 hrs. This is a scam. Do not pay them any green dot money card money or give them a no from a card or have any thing to do with them . They move all the time! They claim to be in NEw jersey now and letter in email said Las vegas lottery winnings when they told me it was Mega Millions clam center. BEWARE
Report to federal trade commission immediately!

There are apps for smartphones which block phone numbers. I use one for Android called root call blocker, but there are a number of them available. I would recommend this for blocking numbers.

Is there a list of numbers of scam and robo callers that is maintained? Combining a central list with a call blocker application would work wonders.

What ever happened to the thing about answering the call and simply saying that you want removed from there call list??? Supposedly by telling them this it was supposed to be a followed by the company??? Thank You!!!

please help me I have so many calling both my home number and my cell I want it stop
thank you

I am on the Do Not Call List. Last night AT&T, with whom I have no relationship, called me at 9:59 pm with some sort of sales pitch (Robo Call) Since I was asleep, I hung up before hearing the pitch. The number they called from was 800 136 3200.

Today so far I have received 37 calls from robocalls, either no one is ever on the line when I ans or it hangs up when my ans machine gets it. EVERY one of these calls (I goggle the #'s) is related to selling health insurance. One guy said his company purchased my name from a web lead vendor selling names of people requesting insurance quotes. I have NEVER requested any such quote. This Obamacare has churned up from under the rocks thousands of these bottom dwellers. I am on the DNC list, I have blocked 50 of these callers..... What else can be done, my phone is ringing every 5 minutes ALL DAY....... really now, how can I make this stop??

  • Hang up, without pressing any numbers. If you press a number, including one to speak with an operator to get off the call list, it may lead to more robocalls.
  • Contact your phone provider and ask them to block the number. Some phone providers charge for this service, and illegal telemarketers are notorious for changing their Caller ID information often. Decide whether it’s worth paying a fee to block a number that is likely to change soon.
  • Put your cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry.
  • Report the robocall to ftc.gov/complaint.

I bought a phone that has an option for blocking cells. It and using Caller ID to not answer has reduced calls, Do Not Call list is worthless. Even if you are on it, calls originating outside US are not bound by its rules.

What was the phone you purchased?

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