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6 smart ways to robotext spam messages before it’s too late

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If you think robocalls are annoying, so get ready. Spammy text messages promising free gift cards, lower credit card interest rates, debt relief services, or for any of the other scams the following are nuisances, and to take on our mobile phones. But the goal is the same: to steal your money.

While the telephone service providers have been slow to stop the attack of the robocalls, there are proactive steps you can take. Tap or click here to see the 7 ways to stop robocalls now.

Unfortunately, the end of the attack, robotexts, it is up to you. The process starts with the understanding of how the political campaigns, hustlers, and other outfits on your mobile phone in the first place.

How do companies get your mobile phone

Social media sites are selling your data to Sites including Facebook, Twitter and Google + to keep track of your online activities and share this information with advertisers. If your phone number is public, on social media, consider that, in a variety of marketing and business databases.

You are calling an 800 or 888 a 900 number, or (If you have a phone number with this prefix, the phone number is collected by an Automatic Number Identification (ANI) system. In addition to the identification of, and the storage of your phone number, the ANI system can be combined with other types of digital data relating to you.

You’re doing it, There are plenty of good reasons that you should give your number to the businesses. You can fill out a registration form, entry, or you can sign up in-store rewards program. Whatever the reason is, you are willing to hand over your mobile number, and practice number, in order to end up in the wrong hands.

You didn’t do it – Many telemarketing businesses rely on the auto-dial devices that may be able to detect and make a call to all fixed and mobile numbers, including those which are not listed.

Related: FTC shuts down four of telemarketers are responsible for billions of illegal robocalls.

How to block robocalls and spam messages.

Robotexts are common now and a lot of people treat it as a necessary evil. “I’ve got a smart phone,” they think. “The receipt of unsolicited messages is just one of the sacrifices to have one.” No matter what you do, do not reply and do not click anything in the main text. There are a variety of tactics to fight back, and in doing so, it helps everyone. The more we resist robotexts, the less likely it is that the key to their success.

1. Tell them to stop

A lot of legitimate companies give you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving them. Be careful, though: the scammers use the same technique in order to trick you into responding to STOP using their e-mail messages, which can help you to check on you, and your phone number. A quick Google search will usually confirm that it is a textable number is legit.

2. Block numbers

The block of numbers, it is very easy to do. Having said that, the precise instructions may vary depending on the manufacturer, model and operating system of your mobile device. Also, don’t forget that it’s the same effect you can try to text you from another number. Ugh.

On the iPhone, open up the text to the number you wish to block and tap on the phone number of the sender. Click on the info (i) icon. Below are the Details of the screen, click on the phone number and choose Block this Caller , and the Contact Block.

On an Android device, open the phone app and tap the three-dot icon in the upper right-hand corner, and select Settings. Tap on the numbers to Block it. You will find that there are a variety of options, including unknown numbers, recent calls, or contacts. Select or manually enter a number you wish to block.

3. A tattletale

The report of robotext, or a spam-message to your mobile phone service provider, is a major step in the fight against robotexts and spam messages. Copy and forward the original message to 7726 (SPAM) free of charge. You can use this method only if you are a Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or Bell subscriber.

4. The filing of a formal complaint

According to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), it is illegal to send unsolicited commercial e-mail messages to wireless devices without your permission. This law includes text messages to your mobile phone, and it is also illegal to send unsolicited text from an auto-dialer.

The only two exceptions to this law include transactional or relationship types of messages or non-commercial messages, such as political surveys or fundraising messages. If you receive unwanted commercial text messages, file a complaint using the FTC complaint assistant.

5. Use your phone as a secret institution

In this setting, it is not really a secret. It’s so rare that you probably never thought of before. You can also help in the prevention of spam e-mail messages, and robotexts due to spam filtering on a mobile device.

The spam filtering on the iPhone, it is simple and easy. Go to Settings and tap on Messages. Scroll down to the bottom to Filter for Unknown Senders , and turn on the setting.

If you’re an Android user, open up your phone app and tap the three-dot icon and select Settings. Under Settings, clear the Caller ID and Spam.

6. For a little extra help

There are a variety of third-party apps in order to help people. Two of the popular apps, Nomorobo, and RoboKiller are available for both iOS and Android devices. Even though each one requires a subscription that costs just a few dollars a month, and they are cost-effective in the blocking and filtering of suspicious robotexts and spam messages.

Hopefully, we can put a stop to robotexts a lot faster than we all had it with robocallers.

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