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banditws6
Shrinking Time and Distance
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join:2001-08-18
Frisco, TX
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·Time Warner Cable
reply to freeze

Re: [Spam] SMS spam from 271-40 - Reply STOP or ignore?

Thanks freeze See Profile, that gives me some excellent points to consider. Definitely going to give AT&T a call here after work, tell them to block third-party billing and try to head this off at the pass in case I did happen to get signed up. Hopefully I can kill two birds with one stone that way.

This would work well because I'm still wary of replying to this text myself, but it sounds like there's a greater chance that inaction could actually lead to unwanted billing than I first thought.
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"The counsel of fools is all the more dangerous the more of them there are." -Ólafr Höskuldsson


freeze
I'm not even Greek
Premium
join:2001-05-13
Ohio
said by banditws6:

Thanks freeze See Profile, that gives me some excellent points to consider. Definitely going to give AT&T a call here after work, tell them to block third-party billing and try to head this off at the pass in case I did happen to get signed up. Hopefully I can kill two birds with one stone that way.

This would work well because I'm still wary of replying to this text myself, but it sounds like there's a greater chance that inaction could actually lead to unwanted billing than I first thought.

Hopefully the call with AT&T won't take too long.

Here's a short video on YouTube that explains the scam very well.

»www.youtube.com/watch?v= ··· QAfh-bCE

Source from: »www.azdisruptors.com/blo ··· ing.html


banditws6
Shrinking Time and Distance
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join:2001-08-18
Frisco, TX
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
Just got off the phone with AT&T...didn't take long at all. I had them verify that there were no unauthorized charges on my account, then I had them set up what they call "Purchase Blocker" on both of my lines so that SMS-based billing is disallowed. Sounds like this should take care of things, though I will post back if anything else untoward happens.

Thanks to everyone here for the help; I appreciate it!
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"The counsel of fools is all the more dangerous the more of them there are." -Ólafr Höskuldsson


AVD
Respice, Adspice, Prospice
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join:2003-02-06
Onion, NJ
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does Sprint have a similar feature?


freeze
I'm not even Greek
Premium
join:2001-05-13
Ohio
said by AVD:

does Sprint have a similar feature?

Yes.

I have it so 'SMS short codes are blocked' on all of my Sprint lines. I would request this feature via eChat so you have a record that they blocked 3rd party billing

»www.sprint.com/landings/chat/


Angel

@columbia.edu
reply to banditws6
Just got the texts. I'm on phone with AT&T now.

Zach1
Premium
join:2006-11-26
NW Minnesota
reply to banditws6
Had this same issue on my VZW phone. When I called, they also confirmed there were no pending charges. Two billing cycles later, the fraudulent charge was listed under "usage charges". I called again and VZW reversed the charge. Be sure to check your bill(s)! As an aside, I did not respond with "STOP" to the indicated short code. Member DC DSL pretty much nailed it with his reasoning about blasting.