Text spam used to be rare in the United States because, compared with the email equivalent, sending texts was expensive.
” “You have 1 unread message from your secret crush! I ignored some, replied “STOP” to others, and even tried calling back in the vain hope of confronting my tormentors. I’ve long known not to click the links in spam emails, but 10 years of spam-free cellphone ownership had lulled me into complacency when it came to texts.
This isn’t a particularly new issue, but will continue to worsen as the uptake of connected devices grows.
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The past three years, however, have brought a proliferation of cheap, prepaid cellphone plans with unlimited text messaging. In 2009, Americans received some 2.2 billion text messages that they identified as spam, by the estimate of Richi Jennings, an independent market analyst. But even that figure doesn’t capture the biggest boom, which has come in just the past few months, according to Cloudmark, a San Francisco-based firm that provides messaging security for major wireless carriers.
But there's a type of dating site scam that's far trickier to spot, and the people who operate it claim to be making thousands of dollars every month fooling vulnerable men.
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Dating sites are, thankfully, getting better at spotting who is using their service to send thousands of spam messages.
It's pretty easy to tell: They send the same message over and over, often with the same link.