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Recognizing and Reporting Spam Text Messages: A Guide from LAM Technology 

Spam text messages (smishing) are not just annoying—they can be harmful if they trick you into giving away personal information. Here’s how you can identify and handle these unwanted messages. 

Identifying Spam Text Messages 

Scammers use various tactics to deceive you, such as: 

  • Offering fake prizes, gift cards, or coupons. 
  • Claiming issues with your accounts or transactions. 
  • Sending fake package delivery notifications. 
  • Pretending to be an executive at your firm and require you to purchase gift cards 

These messages often ask for personal details or prompt you to click on malicious links. Learn more about these tactics here

Steps to Protect Yourself 

  1. Don’t Respond or Click Links: If a text seems suspicious, don’t engage with it. 
  1. Verify with the Source: Contact companies using official contact information, not the info in the text. 
  1. Use Built-In Blocking Tools: Most phones have options to filter and block unknown senders. Instructions for iPhone users are available here, and for Android users here
  1. Call-Blocking Apps: Consider apps that block spam messages. Learn about options at CTIA

Reporting Spam Text Messages 

To help combat spam, you can: 

  • Forward to 7726 (SPAM): This helps your wireless provider identify and block similar messages. 
  • Report within Messaging Apps: Many apps have options to report spam. 
  • Report to the FTC: File a report at ReportFraud.ftc.gov

By staying vigilant and proactive, you can protect your personal information and help prevent these scams from affecting others. For more detailed information, visit the FTC’s guide on recognizing and reporting spam text messages

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