Isn’t it frustrating when you receive an SMS text message and it turns out to be SMS spam? Don’t you wish that you could report those spammers to your wireless carrier? Well, you can! Whether you want to report text spam to ATT, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint – or any other North American carrier, it’s as simple as forwarding it right from your phone. Here’s how to do it.
As SMS spam becomes a bigger issue, mobile carriers are enabling consumers to fight back. Next time you receive text message spam on your cellular phone, forward that message to this shortcode: 7726 (“SPAM”). From there, you will receive a text message from your cell carrier which will ask that you send them the phone number from which the text spam came. This helps the carrier collect information and take action against the sender.
Something to keep in mind is the phone number from where the spam text came. If the phone number is a shortcode, which a shortened telephone number such as 5555, then chances are that it is not a text spam. There are strict regulations on text campaigns using shortcode, and so you simply need to reply “STOP” or “OPT-OUT” to stop receiving those text messages. According to the laws governing those with shortcode campaigns, they must stop sending you text messages if they receive a “STOP” text message from a recipient.
Remember that, even if you are unsure about a text from a shortcode number, you can still forward it to 7726 to report it, just because there are rules in place that dictate how they conduct their campaign, does not mean they are following those rules!
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