Sunday, April 08, 2012

Cell phone spam getting harder to stop; Cell phone spoofing could lead to raided bank accounts

The New York Times is reporting today that cell phone and smart phone spam is getting harder to stop, in a story by Nicole Perlroth, link (website url) here.

Mobile spamming would be regulated by both the 2003 Can Spam Act, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Spammers seem to react to “stop” or “no” responses by treating them as verification of a working number that can be sold to marketeers.

Consumers may find themselves accidentally subscribing to “impossible to stop” services.  One way these may happen is by responding to unwanted “social surveys” often offered at misspellings of common domain names (including Facebook).

Messages go against the consumer's limit and can result in extra charges that could be hard to reverse. 

A company named Cloudmark is developing ways to report and combat spam, as with this link

Byron Achohido has a video for USA Today on cell phone spoofing, in a video link provided by Cloudmark.

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