This particular example came from the SMS Short Code 707-65.An SMS Short Code is an abbreviated number, or alias, used for SMS (text) messages.If you don’t reply STOP, you may well end up with a recurring monthly charge on your account.The way these services work is that they offer you a “trial” service, which really is just a regular text message loaded with some useless junk, and they then attempt to charge you if you don’t cancel (i.e. With AT&T, at least, this is how the process works. The worst part is that the recurring charges are very difficult to spot on your bill, so you may well end up paying the .99/ month extra for months without realizing you’re being scammed.While scam text messages are nothing new, they are picking up in numbers lately. The first thing you’ll want to do is reply STOP to the text message.I know in the email world this is not the best idea, because it will confirm your identity to the spammer (it’s best to simply email spam), but in the texting world, especially if your sender is using a Short Code number to send from, there is in fact a system in place that will stop the texts from that number, as well as prevent a recurring charge from being added to your account.Login to your AT&T wireless account, and click on your most recent bill.
If you see any charges here, and you’re not subscribed for any kind of additional monthly service that is not typically included (i.e.
Have you ever gotten a text message that is obvious spam, and it’s asking you to reply STOP to cancel, but you’re hesitant to do so knowing that you may confirm your identity to the spammer?
We’ll show you how not only to stop text message scam from coming through, but how to prevent your wireless account from being charged a monthly fee, how to report these numbers to your phone provider, and how to be reimbursed for the text charges themselves.
If you’re with AT&T, here’s how to spot the scam charges.
In this example, we are finding a scam charge on our AT&T wireless bill (this tactic has been termed cramming).