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How to Block Text Message Spam on Cell Phone?
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Reports by a research firm in the US, suggests that US consumers receive an approximate 800 million unsolicited text messages in a year. There are instance of so many people who have registered their number on the Do Not Call list, yet they receive spam text messages. The threat perception that these spammers can cause is becoming increasingly real, with most messages leading you to websites which ask for personal information or tempt you with free software’s that could potentially damage your phone.

Cell phones with Internet access are particularly vulnerable as spammers can even activate your phone’s camera or even listen to your private conversation. Here are a few things that you can do to make sure that these spam messages are kept on check:

* If you have already registered your number on the Do-Not–Disturb list and yet are receiving text messages, make sure to call your carrier and get the charges waived off if applicable. Also there are a few service providers like AT& T that allow you to turn off texting facilities if you do not use them at all.
* Almost every spammer sends spam text messages through the internet. Hence you could ask your service provider to block text messages that are sent through the internet. There are a few service providers that offer this service for ex. T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon Wireless. However you do not have to block all messages. You can select the websites that you want to receive messages from and block the rest. There are a few service providers who allow you to create an alias. Messages that aren’t addressed to your alias would be blocked. You can now give access to your alias name to only those from whom you want to receive messages.
* The most common mistake that people do is that they often display their phone numbers openly on websites and chat rooms. It is important to protect your number to avoid spammers. Make sure when you enter news groups or chat rooms, websites or membership directories you do not enter your phone number.
* Also, make sure that your Blue tooth is switched off when not in use.
* You can also block a specific number, email address or website if the spammer uses a particular spam or email address to send you spam messages.
* Make sure to call the service provider, to dispute the telephone bill and get the charges waived off for charges associated with those messages.
* A lot many spams are unwittingly invited by the users themselves when they are tempted to download free ringtones or games. Make sure to avoid these, however strong the temptation.

The above steps should ensure that spam text messages do not land up in your Inbox. However, if they still land up on your phone, you could file a complaint with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) if you continue to receive spam text messages. You could make this complaint online or though their help line.

Somehow the thought of receiving spam messages through your phone seems much more disturbing that those received through your computer although the number of messages that you receive may be quiet less. It seems to be a direct intrusion on your privacy.

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