I replaced the BlackBerry with a Samsung Galaxy S2 (AT&T) in February 2012 and it inherited the phone number I’ve had since 1996…along with all of the text spam that goes with it. I added a second phone with Verizon, an iPhone 4S in October of 2011. Of course, a couple of months after that I received this:
“Need a lot of $ fast? Go to www.fastatmsite.com 0.9915217.”
I used their contact form to send them several anonymous “F**k off” messages (without revealing my phone number of course) just to use up their bandwidth. Heh. Then I reported them to the National Do Not Call Registry (after I had waited the required 21 days after registering the new number).
Here’s a WHOIS lookup of their domain (the information is from 2011):
Date Registered: 2011-11-14
Date Modified: 2012-11-15
Expiry Date: 2012-11-14
Registrar: Internet.bs Corp.
Registrar’s Website : <a href=’http://www.internetbs.net/’>http://www.internetbs.net/</a>
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.