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Amber Alerts out of the blue.

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Amber Alerts out of the blue.

My phone has started to receive Amber Alerts out of the blue. Ok this wouldn't be a problem except it is spamming my phone. Yesterday I got 3 Alerts for the same situation. Today I'm still getting alerts about the same situation AND I got 3 text messages overnight about it.

 

I thought it might just be spam but I looked it up and this is a valid amber alert.  I started getting these without warning and with no way to change how I receive these (for example it's really loud and went off in the middle of work yesterday).

 

Any clues as to why someone thought it was a good idea to just randomly initiate this without warning and then have no instruction on what to do if you want to change it?

 

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ACE - Professor

Re: Amber Alerts out of the blue.

It's possible someone entered your phone number for alerts in error or maliciously. Follow the instructions on this site to remove your number. https://www.wirelessamberalerts.org/index.jsp

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I put in my number and it only has a "create subsription" option. This whole thing is so bizarre.

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MicCheck wrote:

It's possible someone entered your phone number for alerts in error or maliciously. Follow the instructions on this site to remove your number. https://www.wirelessamberalerts.org/index.jsp


this - the carrier has nothing to do with sending the alerts, membership in the alert system are totally voluntary, the system has been a long time coming and is expanding, att, verizon, sprint do not submit the numbers someone went to the website and put the number in.

Signup has been available for awhile, but it just started growing, what might be a possiblity depending on how long you have had you number the previous person could have put it in and then had to drop the number for some reason, this is pure speculation though

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ACE - Professor

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kelce02 wrote:

I put in my number and it only has a "create subsription" option. This whole thing is so bizarre.


Do you have any apps from news or community sites? Perhaps they have started sending out texts with Amber Alerts? 

 

I got a text out of the blue this summer telling me my area was under a severe weather warning. I was surprised, but later realized the university I had just started attending sends out texts to their students/faculty with important alerts. Perhaps some other organization or application that has your cell number has decided to start sending out Amber alerts in a similar fashion...

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I have had ATT since when they bought cingular so it's been awhile. I doubt it's someone who used to have my number haha.

 

As for an app, that's my only remaining thought. I know I haven't personally signed up and it doesn't even show that on the amber alert website. I did an air push notification check and that's coming up empty as well.

 

I had read something about it being carrier related so that's why I came here.

 

I don't want to be a scrooge about it and if it didn't completely spam my phone I'd be phone but as it stands I would like to be able to control it but am clueless on how to

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kelce02 wrote:

I have had ATT since when they bought cingular so it's been awhile. I doubt it's someone who used to have my number haha.

 

As for an app, that's my only remaining thought. I know I haven't personally signed up and it doesn't even show that on the amber alert website. I did an air push notification check and that's coming up empty as well.

 

I had read something about it being carrier related so that's why I came here.

 

I don't want to be a scrooge about it and if it didn't completely spam my phone I'd be phone but as it stands I would like to be able to control it but am clueless on how to


If you go to the link given in one of the previous posts https://www.wirelessamberalerts.org/index.jsp donw at the bottom there is a Contact Us link with a phone number and a email address, would start there. Have not recieved any amber alerts on any of the personal att phones and asked my employees if they have recieved any in the last 10 days, the response was negative. The corporate phones are issued by att, verizon and sprint so that pretty much covers all carriers

The question about the length of time you have had the number is valid, I added a phone for my daughter when where turned twelve, turned out the previous owner of the number was someone one that earned a living by illegal methods and she kept getting calls, voice mail's and texts for supplies. turned everything over to law enforcement and they made a nice haul because of it.

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for the 4S and above

 

1. Settings

2. Notifications

3. Goverment Alerts at the bottom of the screen - Amber Alerts and Emergency Alerts on or off

 

Not sure about the 4, not where I can get to one

 

 

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Tutor

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Apparently AT&T decided to sign us all up without our approval.  Woke me up out of bed. Fantastic customer service AT&T style.

 

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paulsur wrote:

Apparently AT&T decided to sign us all up without our approval.  Woke me up out of bed. Fantastic customer service AT&T style.

 

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att did not decide, the government did. Don;t want them then go into te settings page and turm them off. This will prevent anything but an alert from the president from being sent to your phone. That one cannot be disabled.

 

http://www.amberalert.gov/

 

By the way, this is happening on ALL carriers.

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AT&T had the option to make amber alert optional and did not. So they signed us up for spam. Nice customr service there. Did Verizon sign their customer base up for alerts without theirapproval as well?

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All of this is a terrible part of the over regulation of the USA. And corporate America like At&T is in cahoots with government to spy on you provide personal data on you and do government bidding without a single thought to paying customers.

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paulsur wrote:

AT&T had the option to make amber alert optional and did not. So they signed us up for spam. Nice customr service there. Did Verizon sign their customer base up for alerts without theirapproval as well?


As mattter fact, yes the alert notification was added to both verizon and sprint devices also. Having 3 phones go off with amber and weather alerts at teh same time is not pleasant, but at least I am aware of what is happening. YOU have the optopn fo turning them off, the carrier will not custom design a cellular radio profile for the few that don;t want to hear them, they do how ever give the option of turning them off.

 

Have a good day.

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