The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Cell phone spam reaches America

First article I've seen about text spam hitting the U.S.A.: Text Message Spam Could Cost You.

In the article, Sprint and NextTel both say that if you're charged for receiving text spam, you can report it to them for a full refund. While comforting, this is hardly a solution. It's still a waste of your time to receive the spam and deal with it, and now there's the added burden of documenting it and going through the — what I suspect will be arduous — task of reporting it through the phone company bureaucracy.

Text message spam is a violation of USC 47, the same law that forbids fax spam. What I'd like to see would be a detailed list of instructions, perhaps posted on the ISIPP site or on my own HOWTOs list, telling the recipient how to track a text spam to its source and getting some legal action.


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