Tired of getting unwanted text messages on your phone? Automated message spam is illegal, but that isn't stopping the scammers from sending out endless offers for free gifts, cheap mortgages, or debt relief services. We loathe unwated messages, and we hate text spam just as much as you do. Really.
Here are 5 tips to help protect yourself from unwanted messages.
Don't Reply To Messages
If you don't recognize the sender or the number you should ignore instructions to text "STOP" to prevent future texts. While it may be tempting to reply back with a strongly worded message asking the sender to stop, this is a common ploy to verify your number is actively in use. Never dial call-back numbers either.
Forwarding the message to 7726 (SPAM) will notify your carrier so they can investigate.
If you have a smartphone, there may be apps you can download to prevent spam. Search your app store and you'll see a lot of options come up.
Protect Your Information
Treat your personal information, including your phone numbers, like they are your most valuable treasure. Don't give your number out to anyone you don't know. Don't put it down on that sweepstakes form at the local fair. Just don't.
Ron Kinkade is the Director of Marketing at Call-Em-All, an automated calling and group texting company that provides solutions for small and medium sized businesses, large corporations, membership organizations, community groups, and individuals. Ron has more than 15 years of experience with a proven track record of success. Ron is a graduate of Illinois State University.
Call-Em-All's automated messaging service allows you to send a voice broadcast, group text, or both to every phone number on your list. Clients include Amazon, Siemens, BBB, YMCA, San Antonio Spurs, Avon, and Syracuse University.