And now, here begins the avalanche of text spam received on my Android phone. This is the usual phone-number-harvesting ploy of “You’ve just won a gift card for (fill in the blank)!”. All bogus, of course. Do NOT bother texting back or visiting the website. You’d have a better chance if they offered a (cheap) free lunch than an iPad. Seriously. Here’s the text:
“It’s True! We are giving away iPad2’s to the first 1000 mobile users that go to http://celllprizesnow.com enter code 8372 to qualify. Optout at celloptout.com”
A WHOIS lookup reveals that cellprizesnow.com is (ironically) using WhoisGuard, a service which cloaks your information to guard against…yep…SPAMMERS. A spammer afraid of receiving spam — now isn’t that just so precious? And, of course, celloptout.com is using the same service. Do as you say, not as you do, eh, spammers?
NOTE: If you have an Android phone, the OS allows you to add phone numbers to a blacklist. When a call or text comes in from a blacklisted number, the phone gives the call a busy signal. Most text spam and telemarketer calls use auto dialers. When these auto dialers encounter a busy signal, they hang up and try to resend the message or re-dial, which puts them in an endless cycle. To blacklist phone numbers, go to Settings > Call > Call Rejection > Auto reject list. You can also add phone numbers to the Auto Reject List directly from your Call Log. Unfortunately, spam texters/telemarketers usually have hundreds of phone numbers, so it’s possible you may still receive more unwanted texts/calls from these same scumbags. My own call rejection list is extremely long… I’m hoping a feature similar to this will be added to the iPhone eventually. Be wary of ‘free’ smartphone apps that supposedly block calls…they might just do the opposite.