This may be of interest...
Was posted yesterday on moneysavingexpert:
Stop Spam Texts: Beat unsolicited, marketing SMS...
Just confirms what a lot of you already do, ie do not reply!
Thanks akidosaint, that the was number Vodafone gave on their web site too (How do I stop unsolicited text messages being sent to me? - Help - Vodafone), except Vodafone specifically say to text "stop" first. In fact, when I forwarded the messages on to Vodafone just now, I got an auto-reply advising me to text "stop" too. Obviously, I'm not going to do that!
I just delete them. I also would never respond to them.
I do delete them, but since I'm getting one a day I'd like to find something more proactive if possible.
I'm with Vodafone and received 4 or 5 of these spam text messages between January and May this year. They came from different numbers and I didn't respond to any of them. Each time, I made a note of the number and called Vodafone (191) to report it. They logged the various messages and source numbers and eventually offered to change my mobile number which they did for me immediately. It was a bit of a pain to have to let contacts know but, hopefully, they will stop ... until my new number gets onto one of the spammers' lists!
I never reply with STOP etc, as previously mentioned that's usually how they find out it's an active number.
I use Mr.Number on my android (older version, not the newer S*!*" one with social networking integration) and add the numbers to the block list.
I also block all withheld numbers. You could go extreme and only accept calls and texts from numbers in your phonebook only.
Register your phone with the TPS.
Do it for every phone you own, both landline and mobile and then remember to do it whenever you get a new number.
All the school numbers are registered too!
It saves a lot of hassle and if you do start receiving spam calls and texts. I have complained to the TPS about persistent spams to my son's mobile... They did stop and the TPS took action against the company concerned. It doesn't help with the international spammers, but anything to reduce the rubbish!
The TPS though sadly doesnt cover spam texts.
I have used vodafones vspam to forward contents several times as I get the accident messages a fair bit.
Texting services can see if the message has been delivered or not in the same way as we can with services like schoolcomms and the same way you can have a delivery report returned to your mobile when you send a message, so replying to them should not make a great deal of difference as they will already know if a number exists or not. I used to get a lot of them after I ut my number in on one of the comparison websites and they irritated the hell out of me so one day I just though what the hell, I keep getting them anyway so replied STOP to some of them and amazingly they did.
You are all still entitled to your £4500 pounds of compensation from your car accident. To receive it, just PM me your credit card number and CVV number. To opt out of these messages, PM me your credit card number, CVV number and the word STOP.
Orange say to forward the text to 7726 which is free. I forwarded the text they sent me about exciting new Orange deals!
From this article,
As we suspected, best to ignore them.The lead generator firms sell on details of those who respond to their unsolicited texts. Even if they text “stop” in the belief that this will end the texts, their number can be sold to “lead generators” for around £5. They are then passed on to the claim managers or “claim farmers”, who contact the phone to see if they can produce a claim.
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