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Tech Tip for Writers #177–Get rid of spam text messages

tech tips for writersTech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future tip.

This tip is about spam. I am fed up with it! The law requires email senders include ‘unsubscribe’ in the email (at least, they do in America–not sure about other countries), but that doesn’t apply to text messages. I didn’t get much spam there until recently and they’re annoying!

Here’s a trick that will stop some:

  • Select the text message.
  • Select the sender from the top detail with click-hold (in the case of the video, I click-hold the phone number). It will open the contact card
  • Click ‘Info’
  • One of the options toward the bottom will be ‘Block’. Click that.
  • When you return to the email, it will show it’s blocked.

I created these screencasts from my phone for two different types. They’re a little different. I couldn’t figure out how to get audio to work (or trim it in YouTube). Still, you might find it helpful.

Here’s another:

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.


73 thoughts on “Tech Tip for Writers #177–Get rid of spam text messages

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  2. The spam phonecalls, messages and emails are getting worse. I’ve blocked so many, I am sure they are mounting up! In Australia, we also comply with the unsubscribe in email newsletters, etc. I don’t see it improving …

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  3. Thanks, Jacqui. Another thing I’ve done with text spam is in the comment, type in STOP. Someone told me that, and it seems to work. (????) Our main problem is e-mail spam. I don’t get it, but my guy gets a dozen a day. The problem with ‘unsubscribe’ is you have to spend so much time getting to the bottom of the spam e-mail to hit that button. A time crunch that is maddening.

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  4. I have only received a few text spams (I get more emails, but most of them go into spam folder). Having a phone with an area code that is different that where I live works great, for I never answer a call that comes in from my old area code if it doesn’t have a name from my address book to pop up. I wish I knew how to cut down on spam post in WordPress which are so many, but most are easy to delete but occasionally I’ll get a spam text that is 1000s of words long and you have to keep scrolling so far. Why don’t they make a cut off number of words for a comment?

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  5. Much better than my method of answering and telling them to quit sending messages. That probably encourages them to send more because I bet most people simply ignore them, but that doesn’t seem to work either.

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  6. Great tips, Jacqui, and super simple. Funny how Verizon will try to give the spammer a “name” as if the bot has one. In my case, having lived in NorCal with a *** area code for 40 years, most of the spam calls are from my former area code. I don’t answer and instantly block, then delete. Anyone with that area code I know is already on my phone. In my current area code, I answer every call since they are still relevant to me, so far. I haven’t changed phone numbers yet and I doubt I will. Now if I could just get my hubby to do this, LOL!

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  7. Thanks Jacqui for the spam tip. I use your spam blocker concept. It works. Do you experience hackers trying to blow up your website? I have purchased a program to limit hacker logins on WordPress. I get between 200-1000 attempts every month of hackers around the world trying to break into my websites. Here is the company I use to keep my website safe. ATLANTIC SILICON INC DBA 2BY2

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    • I’m paranoid of website disruptions. I have an automated program, another, a real person, and still worry! This is our world anymore, isn’t it?

      Thanks for sharing your choice. If anyone doesn’t have protection, that’ll give them a starting place.


  8. Dear Jacqui,
    is this an American problem?
    Here in the UK, we get one or two spams a month. Actually, we don’t care that much.
    Wishing you a happy week
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Maybe it is an American issue. I’m glad you mentioned that. It’s gotten to be quite annoying the last year, why I have no idea!

      Yeah, if I only had a few a month, I wouldn’t much care either–but I’d still be annoyed!

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    • Yes Klaus we in the USA have a lot of spam due to robo or authormatic calls. Our telephone network began with ATT. During the early years of telephone use the political parties would hire companies who would gather telephone numbers of households and send automatic messages promoting their candidate. Today we have robo calls from all kinds of con artists. The calls are now on our cellphones. The caller can use your local area code so you think the call is a local person. The spamer will automatically dial your telephone number over and over. Often if you answer the call a person on the other end will try to sell you something. Many people have lost their savings due to this kind of scheme.

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      • That is horrible.
        Here this is forbidden. And if you get the occasional spam call, there is a short number combination to block this number. As we wrote before, Hanne, Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma and I don’t get more than max. 5 spam calls a month, mostly none.

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  9. Super tips, Jacqui! Applying your advice over time reduces the volume (and the aggravation). Regarding phishing emails, I take an extra step. For example, if it’s a fake PayPal email, I look up the fraud-reporting address and forward. Although I never hear the outcome, large companies follow up and prosecute, offsetting a bit of my aggravation.

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  10. Thank you for sharing these tips, Jacqui! I’m tired of spam. For email, I could click the check box of that email without opening it, then click phishing for Outlook and click Report spam for Gmail. For my phone, I have AT&T, it detects the spam call and text for me. I can confirm it’s spam and click block the sender.

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    • I was fiddling around with a TM one day, wondering if it was fake, and came across the solution.

      Jill–am I missing any of your posts? I get your newsletter but feel like maybe I need to link up with you somewhere else also.


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