Spammed by marketing texts? Here’s how to stop them

SAN ANTONIO – Text marketing is on the rise. If you’re fed up with unwanted text messages, there are ways to put an end to it.

Ruth Lalangui gave DressBarn her phone number when ordering online, but she didn’t realize she would start receiving spam.

“Every day. Morning, evening, afternoon. It’s too much,” she says.

Sometimes people opt for these types of texts without even knowing it. What was worse for Lalangui was that the texts she received did not include a clear way to opt out.

If you receive spam text messages, there are a few things you can do.

“If the message offers a way to opt out, do it. You can also forward unwanted texts to 7726. It’s free and helps your carrier take action,” said Octavio Blanco, Consumer Reports finance and technology expert.

Your phone or carrier should also give you the option to block the number to prevent them from sending you more messages.

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If you receive messages that you never agreed to, you can file a complaint with the FCC or FTC.

“Be careful when entering your phone number online. You may need to uncheck a box to unsubscribe from marketing texts or emails,” Blanco said.

If you receive unwanted text messages, you can consult the company’s online privacy policy to find out how to opt out.

In Lalangui’s situation, DressBarn’s opt-out policy states that you can unsubscribe from its marketing text messages by replying STOP.

Spam texts can certainly be annoying, but some can be dangerous. Scammers can send you text messages to trick you into personal information. It’s a tactic called smishing.

Scammers may send you an SMS pretending to be from a government agency. They may seem urgent and require an immediate response. They may even seem friendly or use your name.

“If you receive a suspicious text message that you did not subscribe to, do not reply even if it says ‘SMS STOP’ to unsubscribe. Block the number and then delete the text,” Blanco said.

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You can also sign up for the government’s Do Not Call Registry by click here. It also covers unwanted text messages.

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