The only thing worse than spam in your email box is a spam text message on your cell phone or smartphone. For the last 20 years spam has been clogging up our email, and now it is in full bloom on our phones. Spam Texting needs to stop.
How do Spammers get Phone Numbers?
There are several sources of phone numbers for text message spamming.
- Internet postings
- Random phone number generation
- Auto dialing robo calling
The Dangers in Spam Text Messages
Just like email spam, offers made in unsolicited text messages are full of bogus offers like free iPads, prizes, or gift cards, etc. Clicking on any link or calling a phone number listed in the text message can result in the following:
- Malware being installed on your phone
- Unauthorized charges billed to your phone
- Recurring items added to your phone bill
- Private information being transmitted to cyber criminals