410 Short Code Abuse
Lately I’ve had a huge increase in phishing texts. They all come from 1-410-xxx-xxx numbers, which hide the actual spammer’s identity using an email-to-text gateway. AT&T provides no way to block this number range, and some defend the need to support 410 codes, without explaining why the sender can't just use their email address or phone number. My question is, who else besides scammers benefits from this 410 gateway? Please be specific as to why hiding the sender's identity is a Good Thing.