Brian X. Chen, the consumer technology columnist for The New York Times, offers advice for becoming part of the solution to the scourge of bogus text messages.
In a recent column, I reported on the growing annoyance of text-message spam, which recently outpaced the rise of robocalls.
The texts might be shipping notices about a package that you didn’t order, or pitches for questionable health products like weight-loss pills. The links inside those texts typically point you to a website asking for your personal information, including your credit card number, which scammers could use for fraud.
There’s no sign of SMS spam slowing down. So, one of the best things you can do is become part of the solution: Forward the spam text to your phone carrier.
That will help the carriers learn what phone numbers and languages are being used in spam texts. That’s useful information to help the carriers improve their technology to stop those messages from ever reaching your phone.
Here’s how to forward spam texts to the carriers:
- On iPhones, tap and hold down on the message and tap “More.” Then press the forward button, which is the arrow on the bottom-right corner of the screen. In the recipient field, enter 7726 and hit send.
- On Android phones, tap and hold down on the message. When a menu pops up, select “Forward Message.” Enter 7726 in the recipient field and hit send.