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Text messaging spam is annoying, and intrusive.Spammers hope to trick you by sending a message, and making a quick buck.
But where exactly does it come from?
Though mobile spam is usually against the law, sales pitches might come to you legally as a result of your buying something on your phone.
Sometimes illegal messages may appear because a spammer guessed your phone number. Since mobile phone companies allow PCs to send you messages at a certain e-mail address, like your_phone_number@your_phone_company.com, spammers only need to make an educated guess to come up with thousands of valid addresses, says PCWorld.
Spammers can get your mobile numbers from the web. They can also use software or websites to randomly generate thousands or even millions of numbers in a particular area code. These spammers are often using prepaid phones that can’t be traced back to the them. They can then use auto-dialling technology to reach phones.
How can you stop mobile spam?
wikiHow says, “the most important thing you can help stop text message spam is to report it to your carrier. Carriers shut down and block spammers, often suing the worst offenders. But they need you to tell them who is spamming and what is in the spam messages. To report text message spam, forward the text message to short code 7726 (spells ‘SPAM’ on the keypad).
Take a look at this chart from BusinessWeek to see which area codes are most popular for spammers.