Some 4.5 billion spam text messages were sent in the U.S. last year. The surge is costing carriers money and frustrating users, who must pay for the messages and deal with the influx of potentially fraudulent texts.
To reduce the number of SMS spam you receive, here are six easy steps:
- Report spam texts to your carrier by forwarding them to “7726.” AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA support this service.
- Register your mobile number with the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registry at www.donotcall.gov. Phones registered with the list should become off limits to marketers within a month of your registration. After that time, you can file complaints against abusers on the same site.
- Reply to unwanted messages with “STOP” in the body of the response to prevent future messages from that short code.
- Adjust settings on your carrier’s website to block specific numbers from which you receive spam.
- Consider using special apps to cope with spam. “Mr. Number” for Android devices can block communication from unwanted numbers. The McAfee Mobile Security app for Android, BlackBerry and Symbian comes with an SMS filter.
- Call your carrier’s customer service.