You’ll notice that they preface the billing with the notice ‘This, in addition to what we’ve heard speaking to AT&T reps, confirms the widespread nature of these SMS Short Code texting scams.
Charges will now be disabled by default, and a customer will have to specifically opt in to get charged.
While calling in to report your existing unsolicited monthly mobile subscriptions, there’s a couple things you can do to prevent monthly test message scam charges from recurring.
This will take you to a Manage Mobile Purchases & Downloads page, where you’ll see your purchase history.
Adjust the date ranges and go back in time to make sure there aren’t any subscription charges you missed.
By doing so, you’ll be taken to a page that asks you to input your cell phone number.
You’ll also be asked to enter an 8-digit security code that will be sent to your mobile phone via free text.
Here’s an example of a text message scam you may receive.
The sender may be listed as a full phone number, or as an SMS Short Code.
While scam text messages are nothing new, they are picking up in numbers lately. The first thing you’ll want to do is reply STOP to the text message.
I know in the email world this is not the best idea, because it will confirm your identity to the spammer (it’s best to simply email spam), but in the texting world, especially if your sender is using a Short Code number to send from, there is in fact a system in place that will stop the texts from that number, as well as prevent a recurring charge from being added to your account.
Have you ever gotten a text message that is obvious spam, and it’s asking you to reply STOP to cancel, but you’re hesitant to do so knowing that you may confirm your identity to the spammer?