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Blocking Phishing SMS messages

How can one block the messages in the first place, such as all that come from SMS messages that come from the 410-200-5xx series? Your MobileSecurity app does not block the messages, just supposedly, fixes the results.

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Re: Blocking Phishing SMS messages

@jamesvtx Try blocking some of the exact numbers, to-start, and see if that helps, blocking a "1000 range" of numbers isn't a great idea, just yet...

 

Also, file reports on donotcall.gov, it only takes a couple of minutes, per-number, I file them quite a bit, and it definitely seems to help "reduce" these, from a given set, for quite awhile...

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It appeared that all of these were being initiated from the same prefix. My request had more to do with having AT&T block the whole prefix or being more pro-active in making sure that those whom are using these numbers are not rip-off artists. Simply asking that I be the one that activates a block on my end, each time it occurs - three in he last week, does not resolve AT&T from their responsibilities to regulate their infrastructure to protect their users.

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ACE - Professor

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@jamesvtx Sure, it's up to you.  If you want to pro-actively block these, file some donotcall.gov reports. 

Or, pretty much all the carriers are constantly evolving their "spam filters", in various ways, which *may* also block some of these numbers.

 

I prefer the combination, of reporting some too, because I've had good success with that model. YMMV though.

 

I get LOTS of spam calls, from a few area-codes, the spammers have gotten a bit smarter like this, they tend to pick our local area-codes, to call our (local) numbers, which makes people suspect less...

*If this (or another post in this thread) fixes your problem/issue, please mark it as "accept-solution", and I'll tag it, to make it easier for others to find the answer(s). FYI: I'm an AT&T end-user, just like most of us in the forum. Thanks.

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*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.
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