Text spam from 951-496-2017

I guess Walmart is an especially tempting morsel ’cause text spammers use it an awful lot as bait. Here’s yet another variation:

“Dear Walmart shopper, your purchase last month won a $1000 Walmart Gift Card. Click here to claim: www.WmartFeature.com (quit2end) “

Here’s an obvious (for me) tip-off that this “offer” isn’t legit: I hadn’t bought a single thing at Walmart in MONTHS (I’m more of a Target shopper…and I still wouldn’t trust text spam announcing that I’d “won” a Target gift card). Tip-off #2: “Wmartfeature.com”, really? Missed a couple of letters, have we?

A WHOIS lookup reveals that WmartFeature.com is (ironically) using PrivacyProtect.org, a service which cloaks your information to guard against…yep…SPAMMERS. A spammer afraid of receiving spam — now isn’t that just so precious? 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.