Sunday, September 9, 2012

Fighting Back Against SMS Spam

I have decided that I am going to do something about text spam. More than simply complaining about it on Internet message boards. I've collected a list of links that have been getting circulated by textspam, posted below. I posted the links as they appeared on SMS Watchdog.

Spammers will claim that you've won a free iPad or some other Apple product, a free gift card from Walmart, BestBuy or Target. None of these claims are true. It's simply an attempt to get your personal information, perhaps either to send mail to your home, add your phone number to more spam lists or in an attempt to commit identity theft. Whatever they do with it, it will likely be good for them and bad for you.

Namespace has told me straight-out that they will do nothing about their clients who spam peoples' cellphones, not even send them a warning to stop spamming people with their links. Namespace advised me to contact my cellphone company about the spam I received. I contacted Domains By Proxy about spamming and never hear back from them.

So, when I receive text messages on my cellphone, I intend to directly contact the company that the "offer" is supposed to involve and I include below contact information for the companies the scammers use as a cover story:

Apple

Contact their legal department, as this involves possible violations of their trademark
http://www.apple.com/legal/contact/ and select "Trademark Information".

Best Buy


Phone: 1-888-BEST BUY (1-888-237-8289)

E-mail: If you receive a suspicious email, please forward the entire message, including the header, to Best Buy for investigation abuse@bestbuy.com

Best Buy Corporate Campus
Attn: Customer Care/Privacy
7601 Penn Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423-3645

Target


Phone: 1-800-5GIFTS5 (1-800-544-3875)
Fax: 1-800-440-4510

Email Target Corporation

Attn: Target Corporate Gift Cards
TCW Mailstop 2AB
3701 Wayzata Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Walmart

Email Walmart to report suspected fraud


List of Links Circulated Via Text Spammers

http://e6lmo0.tk not valid
http.//www.apple.ca.hstlmn.biz/3/?/ple INTERNET.BS CORP
http.//www.apple.canocot.ca not valid
http.//www.sony.ie.crcontest.info Domains By Proxy, LLC
http://bit.ly/rlTfy9944 not valid
http://www..tinyurl.com/8e77vbb URL Terminated
http://www.123greatjobs.com Whoisprotection.cc
http://www.APPLE.COMPRZ1.COM not valid
http://www.GIFT40.com site appears dead
http://www.GIFTCARD2.COM site appears dead
http://www.ShipGiftNow.com site appears dead
http://www.TwoHourCash.net redirects to www.cashcorner.com
http://www.ae.com/mobilehelp
http://www.apple.ca.Ilvc.cc site appears dead
http://www.apple.nl.irgiveaway.info/
http://www.apple.ca.freeitem.cc site appears dead
http://www.apple.ca.gotprize.cc site appears dead
http://www.apple.ca.gtmny.biz/2/
http://www.apple.ca.hsltmn.biz/3/saiyid?ipad site appears dead
http://www.apple.ca.hstlmn.biz/2
http://www.apple.ca.hstlmn.biz/2/
http://www.apple.ca.hstlmn.biz/3/?APAD
http://www.apple.ca.hstlmn.biz/3/?SNARK 6417
http://www.apple.ca.hstlmn.biz/3/?ple
http://www.apple.ca.hstlmn.biz/3/Ddj3 site appears dead
http://www.apple.ca.igifs.cc site appears dead
http://www.apple.ca.igifts.cc
http://www.apple.ca.llvc.cc site appears dead
http://www.apple.ca.mypromo.cc site appears dead
http://www.apple.ca.nocost.cc site appears dead
http://www.apple.ca.prizetxt.cc
http://www.apple.ca.sofre.biz/1/?5149988234
http://www.apple.ca.winagift.org
http://www.apple.ca.winatxt.com site appears dead
http://www.apple.ca.wstw.cc site appears dead
http://www.apple.ca.igifts.cc
http://www.apple.ca.prizetext.cc site appears dead
http://www.apple.com.au.winatext.com site appears dead
http://www.apple.com.au.winatxt.com site appears dead
http://www.apple.com.ca.llhf.net site appears dead
http://www.apple.ie.acgiveaway.info site appears dead
http://www.apple.ie.aerde.info site appears dead
http://www.apple.ie.brcontest.info site appears dead
http://www.apple.ie.brgiveaway.info site appears dead
http://www.apple.ie.fccontest.info site appears dead
http://www.apple.ie.fcgiveaway.info site appears dead
http://www.apple.ie.thegiveaway.info site appears dead
http://www.apple.ieacgiveaway.info site appears dead
http://www.apple.nl.vgisti.com
http://www.apple ie.acgiveaway.info site appears dead
http://www.bestbuy.com.bybt.biz site appears dead
http://www.bestbuy.com.gpgc.biz site appears dead
http://www.bestbuy.com.trgx.biz site appears dead
http://www.bestbuy.comlbit.biz/?claimid=112 not valid
http://www.bestbuys.com.1000prize.net site appears dead
http://www.debitcardloan.org.uk
http://www.demandforce.com/sms
http://www.free-bestbuy.com site appears dead
http://www.info.mobilewinnings.us
http://www.ipad3winner.com site appears dead
http://www.ipad3winner.net
http://www.longlifelovetips.com
http://www.needcashfast.com.au
http://www.prizeconfirm.com
http://www.prizewinner.net
http://www.rewardtexts.net
http://www.solutionreach.com
http://www.sony.com.au.crcontest.info
http://www.sony.com.au.crgiveaway.info
http://www.sony.de.jrgiveaway.info site appears dead
http://www.sony.ie..jrcontest.info site appears dead
http://www.sony.ie.contestcircle.info site appears dead
http://www.sony.ie.crcontest.info
http://www.sony.ie.freegivawaymadness.info site appears dead
http://www.sony.ie.irgiveaway.info site appears dead
http://www.sony.ie.jercontest.info site appears dead
http://www.sony.ie.jrcontest.info site appears dead
http://www.sony.ie.jrgiveaway.info site appears dead
http://www.tonetonetones.com
http://www.urdoc.us
http://www.walmart.com.wlat.biz site appears dead
http://www.walmart.com.wmgc.biz site appears dead
http://www.whatishoroscopes.com
http://www.bit.ly/SD5hpX 

Duane Browning

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