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    Junk Text Messages

    I'm getting a load of junk text messages - Vodafone's web site says I should first reply "STOP" to all of these messages and then report it to them if they persist, but I'm wary about confirming my number exists in much the same way that one is advised not to reply to spam emails. What have other people done, and did it help?

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    i'd definitely like to know too as i get the "you have been involved in an accident" junk ones, but never reply to them as i feel the same; replying STOP will confirm your number is live and invite them to send other junk

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    Im using Handcent SMS on my HTC Desire and that has the option to block senders.

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    can you not request the numbers be banned from calling/texting you. Vodaphone should be able to identify the numbers. for some reason i think there may be an app on android phones that lets you choose what to do with junk texts, or phone calls(aka instant hang up/delete).

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    Never reply with STOP, I am stunned that Vodafone are giving that advice out! It works like any other spam operation.

    Unfortunately there are sites on the net with reams and reams of phone numbers which are called and blind texted. This particular message has been doing the rounds for years and even hit my phone with a brand new number within 2 weeks of buying it. There is nothing you can do apart from ignore it or see if the phone has a smart spam trap that can pick up the £3750 bit (Since it's a rather exact figure and I doubt anyone will send you a text with that in it. The scam has used the same value of compensation over the years).

    Number blocking won't work. I've investigated this scam before and found it used a variety of different numbers.

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    My galaxy s and I think it's an android feature has an inbuilt block list for calls.

    If I press and hold on a number a menu pops up and one of the options is "add to reject list"

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    My compensation one doesn't have a value in it, so I'm obviously getting a different spam message to you.

    Can't see a built-in list of blocked senders (Android 2.3 on HTC Sensation) but I'll look at Handcent...

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    Handcent looks like overkill for what I'm trying to do - numerous features which my phone has built-in anyway, but lots of other "fun" smilies and things. There are some other apps out there which look promising though, I'll give them a try.

    Oddly, I also found one which would allow me to choose some friends then enter a number between 5 and 100, and it would send those friends that many text messages. Why would anyone want to do that?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post

    Oddly, I also found one which would allow me to choose some friends then enter a number between 5 and 100, and it would send those friends that many text messages. Why would anyone want to do that?!
    I have used that feature. The wife asked me to remind her to buy nappies. I knew when she was going to the supermarket so I used that software to send her a text every 20 seconds so she would not forget to buy nappies.

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    If you reply stop, how do you know the cost of it? It could be an 09 number and cost you £3 or something stupid couldnt it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    I have used that feature. The wife asked me to remind her to buy nappies. I knew when she was going to the supermarket so I used that software to send her a text every 20 seconds so she would not forget to buy nappies.
    Presumably when she returned with the nappies, she delivered you a firm battering with them?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTFM View Post
    If you reply stop, how do you know the cost of it? It could be an 09 number and cost you £3 or something stupid couldnt it?
    One says it is free, the other two don't say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    Presumably when she returned with the nappies, she delivered you a firm battering with them?!
    She was not happy when she came out of Sainsburys but she didnt forget the nappies.

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    i would of forgot the nappies and bought a baseball bat instead

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    Saw this advice including where to forward spam messages to depending on provider

    Stop Spam Texts: Beat unsolicited, marketing SMS...

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