FTC nails 29 spammers who sent over 180m texts promising freebies

By Matthew · 10 replies
Mar 8, 2013
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  1. The US Federal Trade Commission has charged 29 individuals who allegedly sent millions of spam text messages to phone users promising "free" prizes. The defendants are reportedly responsible for sending more than 180 million unwanted messages to random phone numbers,...

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  2. QuickWebForm

    QuickWebForm TS Rookie

    Thank you so much FTC!
  3. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Sweet! I was really tired of reporting these *****s to my provider. They told me just block the name/number and go on with my life. Problem was I would block one and 5 more would be sent.
  4. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Good work FTC. I love watching these spam empires fall.
  5. NeoFlux

    NeoFlux TS Booster Posts: 104   +14

    "...many victims without a texting plan, forcing them to pay for the message..."

    What?! Somebody have to pay for received SMS when he chooses not to send any?
  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    They mean people to lazy to turn off texts who dont have texting on their plan, if they do not turn it off they can be texted and charged for texts, my aunt is one such person lol. Yes yes good job, I can only picture them telling other prisoners why they are in prison and getting beat down.
  7. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Guru Posts: 355   +73

    I don't know how US carriers get away with charging for receiving text, it costs them literally nothing, they call the uk ripoff Britain but the USA have us beat on this.
  8. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    One thing you can do is get internet and phone service, then get a free texting app. It saved me 30$ a month with verizon.
  9. SantistaUSA

    SantistaUSA TS Booster Posts: 94   +22

    I use "google voice" it allows you to call anywhere in the US and Canada for free, unlimited text and you can also call and/or text using a browser, and to call international it is dirty cheap! I'm from Brasil and was paying $0.15 p/min to call a landline, to call a cell it was costing me $0.40, but now it cost me $0.03 for landline and $0.15 for cell!!!! I make international calls about 4 times a week, so this is saving me way over $300 a year! :D

    I have Sprint as a service provider.
  10. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    To bad you can't just buy internet on your phone, if you want to lug around a tablet you can just buy like wireless cricket internet for what 35$ a month? Then again virgin mobile costs 35$ a month for text internet and 350 minutes talking, but the reception is terrible I have to stand outside to talk on my phone....
  11. Bullshít! I was a victim who received unwanted messages from spammers and got charged for it. Was I too lazy to turn off the texts? No! It's because I wasn't aware that you could get charged for incoming text and my cellular carrier failed to inform me about this new policy. Before this took effect, everyone knows that you only get charged for outgoing messages. Now, all cellular carriers in this country charge you for inbound text messaging. The fact you are charged for incoming texts astonishes me. You have no control over who texts you and yet you end up getting charged for it. It's like charging homeowners for the mail dropped in their mailboxes. "Oh, you didn't ask for this flyer? Sorry, you'll have to pay for it anyway!" That's how stupid this is. The FCC should step in and make this practice illegal!

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