If you’re being plagued by cell text message spam (cell phone spam or mobile phone spam) like this one we received from 702-541-4047 – “Do you have $20,000+ in CREDIT CARD DEBT? Our national program REDUCES it by HALF! Reply “DEBT” to see if you qualify! (cuturdebts.com-optout,reply:out)” – you’re not alone. (What does SMS stand for? Short Message Service – SMS service is a way to send short text messages directly to a cell phone). The problem is that those unwanted SMS messages that you see as cell phone spam, the sender sees as an SMS campaign. Those rude text messages – often anonymous SMS text messages – are bulk SMS messaging sent by the SMS sender as a text message advertising campaign (often facilitated by free SMS text message services that allow the SMS sender to send anonymous text messages). It’s illegal to send
SMS text spam in most states, but figuring out how to go about reporting spam received on your cell phone can be tough. Here’s how to submit your spam that you receive via SMS text message to the right authorities, as well as how to stop it.
It’s important to understand one little-known ‘feature’ of SMS cell phone spam – the vast majority of it is actually sent from the Internet, spamming the email-to-cellphone text messaging gateways that nearly every cell phone carrier maintains. What this means is that your cellphone has an email address, and if people know the magic addressing formula, people can send text message via email to your cell phone. For example, if you are an AT&T customer, your cell phone’s email address is:
Similarly, if your carrier is Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, or Nextel, your phone’s email address is: