Spam SMS – why you may pay to reply “Stop”

Hamster

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Replying STOP is the only use I have for the 600 "free SMS's" I get bundled with my contract.

But I agree, the senders should pay for the opt outs. What they are doing is the same as these guys at street stops handing out flyers...except they force your window open and shove the pamphlet right into your face.
 

Beri

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Let them pay. Send out 50000 and get billed the same for opt out
 

_TrXtR_

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So I can start a business that makes profit for being give stop messages? That is awesome, I'm going to start soon. And my database will crash every now and then and forget who replied stop.

Such bull
 

xumwun

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I set my phone to block any messages containing "stop to opt out"
 

FNfal

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Thank heaven for android , i must have over a thousand spam numbers blocked on my phone .
i would be willing to subscribe to a service that tracks spam numbers , that gets updated periodically .
A small app on the phone would be great .
 

MagicDude4Eva

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Who cares about the CPA. Refer to ECTA section 45.1. when lodging a complaint as sending of unsolicited messages is a criminal offence. In my recent CellC case:
- I lodged a complaint with them directly - they ignored it
- I lodged a complaint with WASPA (BTW: CellC is not a WASPA member)
- I then lodged a complaint with IAB (they have been great and pushed CellC that I now have in writing from CellC that they will never ever contact me with marketing messages).

All the above 3 steps are necessary as when now CellC sends only one direct marketing SMS to me, they have violated section 45.4 of ECTA and I can just go and open a criminal case against them.

FWIW - I did the same with ABSA (I am not a customer of theirs), Planet Fitness etc.


For WASPA:
- Look up the sender via http://www.smscodes.co.za/index.asp
- Lodge a complaint here: https://waspa.org.za/report-spam/
 

Beachless

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Who cares about the CPA. Refer to ECTA section 45.1. when lodging a complaint as sending of unsolicited messages is a criminal offence. In my recent CellC case:
- I lodged a complaint with them directly - they ignored it
- I lodged a complaint with WASPA (BTW: CellC is not a WASPA member)
- I then lodged a complaint with IAB (they have been great and pushed CellC that I now have in writing from CellC that they will never ever contact me with marketing messages).

All the above 3 steps are necessary as when now CellC sends only one direct marketing SMS to me, they have violated section 45.4 of ECTA and I can just go and open a criminal case against them.

FWIW - I did the same with ABSA (I am not a customer of theirs), Planet Fitness etc.


For WASPA:
- Look up the sender via http://www.smscodes.co.za/index.asp
- Lodge a complaint here: https://waspa.org.za/report-spam/

Very interesting more people should do the above but I am guessing it takes a lot of time.
My spam features work very well though lately I get very little.
 

Surv0

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Replying STOP is the only use I have for the 600 "free SMS's" I get bundled with my contract.

But I agree, the senders should pay for the opt outs. What they are doing is the same as these guys at street stops handing out flyers...except they force your window open and shove the pamphlet right into your face.

Have you actually confirmed these reply SMS's are being deducted from your free SMS's? These spam SMS's come from shortcodes/longcodes from msg gateways. Any response to these SMS's is at out of bundle SMS rates, meaning it will come off your airtime, not free SMS bundles.

Networks are dodgy like this.
 

WaxLyrical

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Go to your messages, go to settings, find spam message settings then "add to spam phrases".

I do that all the time but they keep coming. I think some of the big guys like Edgars and Cell companies keep changing the spam number.
 

supersunbird

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Who cares about the CPA. Refer to ECTA section 45.1. when lodging a complaint as sending of unsolicited messages is a criminal offence. In my recent CellC case:
- I lodged a complaint with them directly - they ignored it
- I lodged a complaint with WASPA (BTW: CellC is not a WASPA member)
- I then lodged a complaint with IAB (they have been great and pushed CellC that I now have in writing from CellC that they will never ever contact me with marketing messages).

All the above 3 steps are necessary as when now CellC sends only one direct marketing SMS to me, they have violated section 45.4 of ECTA and I can just go and open a criminal case against them.

FWIW - I did the same with ABSA (I am not a customer of theirs), Planet Fitness etc.


For WASPA:
- Look up the sender via http://www.smscodes.co.za/index.asp
- Lodge a complaint here: https://waspa.org.za/report-spam/

Stopping spam like a boss! :eek:

What's the IAB?
 

xumwun

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I do that all the time but they keep coming. I think some of the big guys like Edgars and Cell companies keep changing the spam number.

The number shouldn't matter, it will block any messages containing that phrase.
 
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