SMS spam: What you can do about it

gideonel

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 17, 2011
Messages
173
Random though... Many spam sms's now come with the option to reply stop, promising that they will stop sending you spam. Does this stop action work like those spyware stop buttons on pc e mail where once you push it, it infects your mobile with all sorts o nasties?
 

Bizkit87

Executive Member
Joined
Apr 3, 2009
Messages
5,255
Random though... Many spam sms's now come with the option to reply stop, promising that they will stop sending you spam. Does this stop action work like those spyware stop buttons on pc e mail where once you push it, it infects your mobile with all sorts o nasties?

no, i just think if you reply "STOP" they know your number is active, and they'll sell your number as active to other spammers.
 

Scooby_Doo

Executive Member
Joined
Sep 4, 2005
Messages
7,813
Random though... Many spam sms's now come with the option to reply stop, promising that they will stop sending you spam. Does this stop action work like those spyware stop buttons on pc e mail where once you push it, it infects your mobile with all sorts o nasties?

No, not possible.
 

satanboy

Psychonaut seven
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
98,809
stop entering your cell no when signing up for Asian animal porn...
 

zaktoo

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 20, 2004
Messages
136
I would suggest the more militant response of boycotting products and harassing CEOs, managers and whoever you can get hold of at the spamming company. Fight anti-social behaviour with anti-social behaviour.
 

Madhawk

Honorary Master
Joined
Apr 30, 2009
Messages
15,977
I once replied STOP, got charged R7.50. Never again. I just delete now...
 

Ancalagon

Honorary Master
Joined
Feb 23, 2010
Messages
18,003
I heard about that because when I got an SMS from hippo, I didnt reply stop, I made a stink about it on hellopeter.
 

Lounger

Expert Member
Joined
Sep 2, 2010
Messages
3,367
When a WASPA committee member is spammer in chief, you know complaining is going to a achieve little.
 

elvis_presley

Expert Member
Joined
Sep 5, 2007
Messages
3,367
I once replied STOP, got charged R7.50. Never again. I just delete now...

Did you do what the article said and complain? If you didn't, I'm sure someone else did. Your R7.50 should have been refunded, the dude doing the scam would have got a fine, and not received any of his money. The revenue from premium SMS is held in escrow for a while by the cellphone providers for exactly this reason.

My company provides both bulk and premium SMS solutions, and when we get a WASPA complaint we take it very seriously, and when we pass it on to Vodacom, etc, they also take it seriously.
 

Johnfpro

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2009
Messages
537
I once replied STOP, got charged R7.50. Never again. I just delete now...

This has been my experience as well. It might stop the SPAM but they make a fortune out of the charges. I don't beleive that the local providers don't know the source. Who do they pay the STOP charge to (i.e. the portion they don't retain)?
 

entrepr

Expert Member
Joined
Oct 24, 2005
Messages
2,205
This can help:
http://www.facilities.co.za/dma/dnc.aspx

Its an opt out directory. The reputable marketers *should* be checking whether you are on there prior to trying to contact you.

I registered with this site a while ago but still get unwanted SMSs. Not to mention phone calls, e-mails etc from SA companies. It's just a bigger waste of time registering.

Also tried complaining via WASPA. That's an even bigger source of wasted time and frustrations - they seemed to be toothless. No relief on that score. It's more fulfilling on the roadside waiting for godot.

Then there's the ultimate frustration when your own network, Vodacom, starts to spam you. Phoning their call centre and saying 'I never ever, ever, ever, ever want to get any form of unwanted message from Vodacom, ever ever ever' etc etc doesn't help either. They probably have a good laugh in the call centre, recite back some platitude to you and don't actually do anything.
 

Wall

Sports Addict
Joined
Mar 12, 2009
Messages
30,809
Over the last 2 months I have been getting SMS'es from furniture stores, MTN, Bogus lottery winnings and a host of other cr@p.

I had my number clean for 5 years and now it's just ****ing frustrating.
 

murraybiscuit

Executive Member
Joined
Oct 10, 2008
Messages
6,483
this is why we need google voice.
give out a separate number for spam and decide where you want it routed, or route depending on cli.
 
Top