Text message spam warning

Text message spam warning

CREATED Apr 15, 2012

Reporter: Corinne Hautala

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – A text message from an unknown number may seem harmless, but it can turn into a costly problem.

A growing number of people are receiving spam in the form of text messages.  The messages may ask for personal information, to click an online website, or to enroll in a service.

“I've seen a few of them [text messages] where if you respond back you signed up now, for a premium service, which will show up on your bill.  It may be $10 or $20 per month,” said Robert Nisenbaum, the owner of Blue Ridge Wireless.  “I've seen some where they'll sign you up for contests and things that you're not aware of and now you're getting additional e-mail.”

Nisenbaum says he’s had a number of customers recently who’ve reported such bogus text messages.

“Most people will click on a text message,” said Nisenbaum, “Even if they don't know who it is from.  We've learned not to do that via e-mail anymore.”

Unlike the National Do Not Call List, there is no way to block all these unwanted text messages.

“I'd like to see the ability to block any specific group of numbers or limit where text messages may be able to come from,” said Nisenbaum.

Cell phone providers ask that its customers check their monthly bill to ensure they haven’t fallen victim to a phishing scam.