Spam text FAQ: What to do, what NOT to do and how to get less

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Buzz, buzz! Nope, it’s not a message from a friend. It’s another scammer pretending to be anything from your bank to an old high school friend, usually with an obvious trap included. In 2022, Americans lost almost $330 million through text message scams alone.

There is a way to handle text spam, but many people make things worse instead of better. Here are the answers everyone with a phone (including growing kiddos) needs to know.

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Where are all these spam texts coming from?

Robocalls are decreasing, and scammers rely more on texts, which shot up over 12 billion monthly in 2023. Everyone is getting more of them. You may be targeted because:

Can I block spammy texts permanently?

Maybe not entirely, but you can make a big difference in how many you receive. Do this to stop a new text storm:

Should I answer a text and ask them to stop?

No! A hard and fast rule: Never reply to a spam text. That just confirms your number is active and you’ll start getting even more scammers hitting you up. And don’t try replying “STOP,” “NO” or anything else, even if that works on legitimate subscriptions. 

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Instead, block the phone number and mark the message as spam. Then, hit the delete button.

How do I make sure a text is legit?

It’s tricky, and there’s no one way. Instead, look for signs. 

When you’ve got time: Stop by my guides for protecting against malware and scam apps to delete pronto!

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