Have you ever gotten a text message that is obvious spam, and it’s asking you to reply STOP to cancel, but you’re hesitant to do so knowing that you may confirm your identity to the spammer?
We’ll show you how not only to stop text message scam from coming through, but how to prevent your wireless account from being charged a monthly fee, how to report these numbers to your phone provider, and how to be reimbursed for the text charges themselves.
The term originally referred to messages sent using the Short Message Service (SMS).
It has grown beyond alphanumeric text to include multimedia messages (known as MMS) containing digital images, videos, and sound content, as well as ideograms known as emoji (happy faces and other icons).
Though no match to Whats App or Facebook messenger, which have over 700 million and 600 million monthly active users (MAU) worldwide, We Chat - with 500 million MAUs as of the end of last year - is without any doubt the top mobile chatting app in mainland China.
Begun as a project at Tencent’s research and project centre in Guangzhou - away from its Shenzhen headquarters - in 2010, it caught on very quickly, growing to 50 million users in its first year.
Text messages can also be used to interact with automated systems, for example, to order products or services from e-commerce websites, or to participate in online contests.
Advertisers and service providers use direct text marketing to send messages to mobile phone users about promotions, payment due dates, and other notifications instead of using postal mail, email, or voicemail.
I know in the email world this is not the best idea, because it will confirm your identity to the spammer (it’s best to simply email spam), but in the texting world, especially if your sender is using a Short Code number to send from, there is in fact a system in place that will stop the texts from that number, as well as prevent a recurring charge from being added to your account.
SCMP staff reporters have examined the mobile messaging market in China, looking at both the dominant platforms and smaller firms jostling to carve out niche positions.
Their inclusion in the below list is based on how innovative the apps are in terms of platform and services, as well as user base and popularity.
This particular example came from the SMS Short Code 707-65.
An SMS Short Code is an abbreviated number, or alias, used for SMS (text) messages.