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Published April 11, 2012, 10:14 PM

Cell phone carriers seeing uptick in spam text messages

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - More and more of us are getting bombarded with text messages, some of them unsolicited. They are called text message spam. Cell phone companies are taking action to combat the ever growing concern. Some have even won lawsuits.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

More and more of us are getting bombarded with text messages, some of them unsolicited. They are called text message spam. Cell phone companies are taking action to combat the ever growing concern. Some have even won lawsuits.

Those annoying, often harmless messages are popping up more and more. We got one, hours ago, wondering if we had our taxes done. We are not alone.

According to Ferris Research, last year, US consumers received roughly 4.5 billion spam texts. That's more than double in 2009. The problem is not as common as email, although about 250 million phones have been hit.

Mobile spam is illegal under two federal laws. You can file complaints, but it is difficult to track down the sender and stop. Replying can lead to more spam, bogus services, and the use of your personal information.

Karen Smith – Public Relations Manager, Verizon Wireless: “There are instances where groups of customers will get cramming at the same time or spamming at the same time and we'll become aware of that. If they do inform us, we'll try and help track down where the message is coming from.”

You are encouraged to check your bill and tell your carrier. You can report and block email domains and numbers on most major companies websites, for free. You can also forward spam to 7726. Carries will then use that information to block numbers.

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