SPAM messages are more than an inconvenience. Often, they are a way for criminals to phish for sensitive or private information for fraud or identity theft, and may even open up your mobile device to hacking and intrusion attacks. Despite stringent guidelines against SPAM by most carriers, the FTC reported that in 2018, it received over 90,000 SPAM message complaints. A spam text is essentially any unwanted message.
Common examples of SPAM include:
- Mass ads
- Questionable “special offers”
- “Contest Winner” notifications for contests you did not enter
- Messages from the IRS or law enforcement
- Messages that appear to be from a bank or credit card
The FTC forbids marketers from sending unsolicited commercial text messages to consumers. To comply with government and carrier guidelines, marketers are required to secure “express consent” for the text messages they send to contacts. This is called an “Opt-In” process. If you didn’t give a company permission to send messages to you, the message you received might be SPAM.