Spam texts come in various forms but they are all unsolicited. And yes, they are all annoying! According to research, spam mails were confirmed to account for close to 45 percent of email traffic globally. The same is almost mirrored by spam texts. Being the unwelcome guests that they are, you must want to stop receiving them.
Opening spam messages have lured many into clicking on malicious links that have jeopardized their security. Scammers use spam messages to defraud gullible victims. So apart from being annoying, they are also dangerous because the purpose is almost always to steal your money.
However, know that someone somewhere has your number or email address which is why you can receive messages from them. But how did they get your address? More importantly, you will be seeing how to stop spam texts from different numbers.
How to Stop Spam Texts from Different Numbers
The best way to stop spam texts and emails is to block them. To block numbers that send you spam texts, open the message and on the top right-hand corner on the screen, click on Details (if you don’t see the block option) >> on the next page, just click on Bock & Report Spam and the number would be blacklisted and added to a spam filter.
How to stop spam messages on Email
Since spam emails are usually sent to the spam folder, open the folder >> for each mail from different senders, unsubscribe and block the sender. If these messages beat the spam filter, you can always categorize these messages as spam so that subsequent messages that are similar to that one go straight to the spam folder.
How Did Telemarketers and Scammers Get My Email Address and Phone Number?
Wondering why you are a recipient of spam messages on your phone or mail? Well, if they don’t have your number, you won’t be getting such inappropriate messages. Many fall victim to this by giving out their numbers to scammers without even knowing it. Here are a few examples of such:
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Remember, the moment you fill your number in any form, it becomes the property of the owner of that service.
Social media Sites
Social media sites also sell your data. Now that’s scary because we give these sites personal information when opening an account with them. Also, many have their phone number displayed publicly on sites like Facebook.
Free Online Signup
This accounts for more than half of reported cases of spam messages. Many are too quick to sign up for free services or giveaways with their emails and phone numbers. While the giveaway may be real, you compensate for it with your contact information.
How to Stop Spam Texts on Android
Open the messaging app >> Settings (within the messaging app) >> Blocked numbers. You should see all blocked numbers here. If you receive another spam message, manually add the number to the list. You could also open the message and on the top right-hand corner on the screen, click on Details (if you don’t see the block option) >> on the next page, just click on Bock & Report Spam.
Read also: How to Give a Phone Number to Telemarketers
How to Stop Spam Texts on iPhone
Go to Settings >> Messages >> Filter Unknown Senders >> Once you access the ‘filter unknown sender’ tab, switch it ON. From that moment, any sender who is not on your contact list will not be able to message you.
How to Stop Spam Texts on Verizon
There is a free filter service for Verizon subscribers whether they use an Android device or an iPhone. Install the ‘My Verizon App’ and enable spam protection. The service provider directly takes care of it as soon as you report the number on the app.
How to Stop Spam Texts on AT&T
AT&T Protect is an app for AT&T subscribers who would love to stop spam and fraud messages and calls. Just download the app and activate this feature after registering with your phone number. For Verizon and AT&T subscribers, activating your phone’s built-in spam filter and activating the carrier’s spam blocker gives you added protection from spam texts and fraud calls.
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