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New FCC rules target spam text messages

2023-03-20 17:47 by
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In a move to combat the growing problem of scam text messages, U.S. regulators have adopted new rules that put responsibility on wireless carriers to block them. The new rules will require mobile service providers to block certain robotext messages that are "highly likely to be illegal," the FCC said.

They will also require each mobile provider – or their partners and contractors – to establish a point of contact for text senders, which senders can use to inquire about blocked texts.

"Robotexts pose a unique threat to consumers: unlike robocalls, scam text messages are hard to ignore or hang-up on and are nearly always read by the recipient – often immediately," the FCC said. "In addition, robotexts can promote links to phishing websites or websites that can install malware on a consumer's phone."

According to Robokiller, an app that blocks spam messages, Americans received nearly 12 billion spam texts in March of last year alone. The FCC says complaints about text message scams have increased more than 500% in recent years, from around 3,300 in 2015 to nearly 19,000 in 2022.

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