SMS scams are nothing new, they usually vary from a gentle annoyance to convincing scams that rip Aussies off to the tune of 1000’s. Beginning as we speak, customers on the Telstra community can take an extra step to report SMS scams which can assist Telstra’s community block these messages from being despatched to different customers.
If you happen to obtain a junk SMS you possibly can ahead the message (you solely have to ahead the textual content of the message, not the sender’s cell quantity) to 7226, which reads as SCAM on a phone keypad.
Telstra’s system will then use forwarded messages to construct and enhance its database of suspected rip-off SMS in order that rip-off SMS might be blocked in future.
There are different steps customers receiving rip-off messages can take, for instance a well-liked rip-off tactic is impersonating Australia’s tollway operators – Linkt is a significant one – and sometimes these operators present a direct means through their web sites to report rip-off messages to allow them to attempt to take motion towards the imposters.
Apart from reporting messages, it’s also possible to block rip-off message numbers which can forestall future messages coming by, however sometimes scammers use completely different numbers each time so this is probably not particularly efficient.
Do you typically obtain rip-off messages? What steps do you’re taking?
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