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    Have you received spam texts? Poll discussion
    • #1
    • 14th Jun 11, 1:47 PM
    Have you received spam texts? Poll discussion 14th Jun 11 at 1:47 PM
    Poll started 14 June 2011, click here to vote

    Have you received spam texts?

    Have you had an unsolicited spam text trying to flog you a financial service? If so, have you acted on it?

    Which of these spam texts have you received in the last six months?

    Tick all that apply

    Got them and DIDN'T reply/call:

    Payment Protection Insurance reclaiming
    So called 'Legal way' to write off credit card debts
    Accident compensation
    Payday loans at high APRs
    Tax rebate reclaiming
    Insurance policies
    Other
    None

    Got them and DID reply/call:

    Payment Protection Insurance reclaiming
    So called 'Legal way' to write off credit card debts
    Accident compensation
    Payday loans at high APRs
    Tax rebate reclaiming
    Insurance policies
    Other
    None
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    • welshbookworm
    • By welshbookworm 14th Jun 11, 2:10 PM
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    • #2
    • 14th Jun 11, 2:10 PM
    • #2
    • 14th Jun 11, 2:10 PM
    Got them and DIDN'T reply/call:

    Payment Protection Insurance reclaiming
    So called 'Legal way' to write off credit card debts
    Accident compensation
    Payday loans at high APRs
    Tax rebate reclaiming
    Insurance policies
    Other
    None
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    • andymc29
    • By andymc29 14th Jun 11, 2:47 PM
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    • 14th Jun 11, 2:47 PM
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    • 14th Jun 11, 2:47 PM
    I don't reply for the same reason I don't reply to emails. Because I think it would just mean more texts coming through.
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    • dan909
    • By dan909 14th Jun 11, 2:58 PM
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    • #4
    • 14th Jun 11, 2:58 PM
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    • 14th Jun 11, 2:58 PM
    I said the same to myself thinking that if I replied then they'd just send me more spam.

    Instead, I kept a log of all the numbers that were sending me SPAM and after a month and a rather long list of numbers, I emailed T-Mobile and asked them to block the numbers.

    I had a rather nice phonecall barely 5 minutes later from a T-Mobile representative to tell me that it's perfectly fine to reply 'STOP' as the companies have a legal obligation to remove you from their database. I didn't want to get into the whole 'but they're using pay as you go sim cards and they don't care about the law' debate so I thanked her for her advice and went on my way!
    • getting-sorted-sarah
    • By getting-sorted-sarah 14th Jun 11, 3:58 PM
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    • #5
    • 14th Jun 11, 3:58 PM
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    • 14th Jun 11, 3:58 PM
    Nice to see that (currently) 92% of people are savvy enough not to reply to cold call text messages!
    • pjsmiffy
    • By pjsmiffy 14th Jun 11, 5:03 PM
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    • #6
    • 14th Jun 11, 5:03 PM
    • #6
    • 14th Jun 11, 5:03 PM
    I hope this is a prelude to a push to force mobile companies to introduce spam filters.
    • minerva_windsong
    • By minerva_windsong 15th Jun 11, 8:05 AM
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    • #7
    • 15th Jun 11, 8:05 AM
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    • 15th Jun 11, 8:05 AM
    I've had a few of these, mostly accident claim ones but since the PPI ruling came through a few of those as well. I have a sneaking suspicion O2 sold off loads of numbers a while back which is why I get them in the first place, but they just get deleted.
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    • schnide
    • By schnide 15th Jun 11, 10:16 AM
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    • #8
    • 15th Jun 11, 10:16 AM
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    • 15th Jun 11, 10:16 AM
    Whoever's been sending these are scum. I've had about 30 of them in the past three months. I've tried replying as STOP, ignoring them, even taking one of their calls and asking where they got my number from. They said they bought it from a list from a company which, when I searched, doesn't even seem to exist. There doesn't seem to be any way to stop it - I expect it on my email, but not on my phone. I very much there's anything at all that the regulator will do either. It's a very, very sad precedent that I'm sure will only get worse.
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    • 15th Jun 11, 11:36 AM
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    • 15th Jun 11, 11:36 AM
    I just returned to the UK after a year in the US, where I got a lot of these spam texts on my US phone. I was really looking forward to no longer getting them here in the UK, but I got one two days ago. Very annoying.
    • phebe3
    • By phebe3 16th Jun 11, 7:35 AM
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    I didn't reply for ages, thinking if I just ignored them they would stop, but the texts kept on coming at least twice a week or more so in the end I texted stop ((or whatever it said to stop them) and they have.
    • Barneysmom
    • By Barneysmom 16th Jun 11, 7:38 AM
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    Barneysmom
    I got one from car accident claims, I never replied.
    • fuzzgun19
    • By fuzzgun19 16th Jun 11, 7:53 AM
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    fuzzgun19
    How do you get rid of these without replying?
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    • Saffamagic
    • By Saffamagic 16th Jun 11, 2:42 PM
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    Saffamagic
    Its the same old text every week...

    "You have still not claimed the compensation you are due to for the accident you had. To claim then pls reply CLAIM. To opt out text STOP"
    The number is 0754935297

    Im getting them at least everyday for the past 2 weeks.

    How do I get rid of these texts?
  • ems77
    I've had a few of these, mostly accident claim ones but since the PPI ruling came through a few of those as well. I have a sneaking suspicion O2 sold off loads of numbers a while back which is why I get them in the first place, but they just get deleted.
    Originally posted by minerva_windsong

    I'm on o2 and started receiving loads of them in the summer of last year.
  • Smoggie69
    I'm on O2 as well and I get them. It would make an interesting poll to see which networks are most affected by them!
  • Le Chuck
    I'm on o2 also, don't get them regular 2 or 3 times a month
  • madpiano
    I have had an accident 3 years ago. I received compensation through my insurance company and I have no intention to claim more (although apparently I could have done so). I get these stupid claim texts up to 3 times a day. The trouble is, they are always from a different number, otherwise I could just block them on my phone (there are settings on most phones to block certain numbers). Drives me nuts!

    Occasionally I get "write off your debt" messages, but they are bearable. I have been with Vodafone for 8 years and they don't seem to have sold off any numbers, must have been my insurance company, considering what kind of texts I get.
    • nansenst
    • By nansenst 20th Jun 11, 5:14 PM
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    I get the same text as saffamagic, except the number is different 07549358813. Am on O2 as well - they reckon there is nothing they can do to block it, do I want to change my number?
    The last accident I had was 5 years ago, but did have this number then.
  • madpiano
    If you add that number to your contacts, can you then not block it?

    In my phone I can edit each contact and there is an option to block all SMS, all calls or both.
  • rickbonar
    I had payg with O2 and got a lot of them probably some from 02 itself and they were charging me to receive them.

    I had to let the credit run down to zero to get of them and now only use the phone to receive calls. But you shouldn't have to do this!
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