Here’s an example of a text message scam you may receive.
The sender may be listed as a full phone number, or as an SMS Short Code.
If you don’t reply STOP, you may well end up with a recurring monthly charge on your account.
The way these services work is that they offer you a “trial” service, which really is just a regular text message loaded with some useless junk, and they then attempt to charge you if you don’t cancel (i.e. With AT&T, at least, this is how the process works. The worst part is that the recurring charges are very difficult to spot on your bill, so you may well end up paying the $9.99/ month extra for months without realizing you’re being scammed.
Tour wireless provider should have a process in place to enable you to get reimbursed for SMS spam messages you receive.
In the case of AT&T, simply forward (on your i Phone, select the text message, hit the “edit” button at top right, select the message, and hit “Forward” at bottom right) the message to 7726‘.
You’ll notice that they preface the billing with the notice ‘This, in addition to what we’ve heard speaking to AT&T reps, confirms the widespread nature of these SMS Short Code texting scams.