Imagine living without your mobile for just one day, how
would this make you feel? Most people would reel in horror at the thought of
being without their Apple or Android device, there’d be no social surfing or
browsing the web, you couldn’t make calls, and you wouldn’t be able to receive
Actually that’s not a bad thing. At least this way you
wouldn’t be bombarded by spammy messages that seem to be the scourge of society
right now. Nuisance calls and harassment texts are generally harmless, in the
worst case scenario though, they target victims and can be used for fraudulent
As you might be aware, we have covered the subject of fake
emails and calls in a previous blog from Focus Training. Due to the rise in
text spamming cases though, we thought this topic is worthy of further
Therefore, we explore the main areas of text fraud in this
article, whilst also exploring suitable solutions you might want to use, to
help you cope with spam in the future.
Spam in Greater Detail
Anybody that owns a mobile can become the victim of text
spamming. The moment your phone is switched on it’s an open portal to the
outside world, and anybody that has your telephone number can call you or send
you a text.
Sadly marketing companies and the criminal fraternity use
this to their advantage, they send advertising messages, premium rate messages,
and you can also be the victim of a spam message attack, none of which, you
Understanding a little about the three main types of text
spam can be useful if you want to protect yourself during a spam attack. Here
we break them down into bite-sized chunks, to give you focus and clarity on the
falls into three categories:
Premium Rate Texts
The average person could receive one or all three of these
specific text types in any given day. If you are unlucky, you’ll get a mixture
of them all, from a variety of sources.
Explore each area in more detail and this is a good way to
protect your phone against text fraud, use knowledge to fight back against the
Most advertising messages sent to you via text are simply
prospecting for business, there’s a good chance they are from a company you
have given permission to contact you, or one of their affiliated services.
It’s easy to give your consent for mobile marketing without
realising it. You might have signed up for a service online and failed to tick
or uncheck the authorisation box which permits businesses to contact you with
offers or promotions in the future. A week or so later, you receive a text
message to your phone.
In this instance the business should clearly identify
themselves in the main body of the text. The good news is if you have agreed to
be contacted my mobile marketing by mistake, simply texting STOP should prevent
any more contact from the company.
Do ensure this is a genuine marketing text from a reputable
business before you take this action though.
And if that doesn’t work, visit the website in person to look for a
section where you can opt out of any further marketing activity.
In this instance there’s a good chance you have signed up
for a service without even realising it. This could be a game site, music site,
chatline service or entertainment provider that charges you every time they
send you a text.
Spotting premium rate text numbers early is critical. This
will prevent you running up a mega monthly bill and ending contact with this
type of service is simple.
Look for STOP prompts within the body of the text, this
could be worded STOP ALL or something similar.
Hopefully this will sever all ties with the company.
Should the messages persist you can always contact your
service provider to see if they can block the texts, or visit the PhonepayPLus website, they regulate
UK Premium rate services and should be able to help.
Spamming texts are a major irritation. You have done nothing
to warrant this personal invasion, they are sent en masse to a huge target
demographic by a variety of sources, normally PPI claim companies, accident
claim businesses, home grant companies and the like.
The best way to tackle these messages is not to react. Don’t
respond to them, never click on any links they send you, don’t give the sender
any indication your phone is active or they will hound you even more.
We understand they’re very annoying. We also understand you don’t really want to
waste time reading them. Unfortunately, you have received them, so deal with
them in the most direct manner by hitting ‘delete’ then move on with your
Ways to prevent spam texts and stop your mobile number from
falling into the wrong hands include:
careful who you give it to
advertising it on social media
‘opt out’ boxes for consent
At best spammy texts are a bit of an annoyance. Serious
fraud can be committed though in extreme circumstances.
As one of the UK’s leading experts in fraud education and
investigation solutions this worries us at Focus Training. Should you require
expert help in any aspect of fraud, don’t hesitate to contact us.