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  1. #1
    John Holmes
    Guest
    Last night, just before midnight, I received a SPAM text message as follows:

    "from [email protected]

    Subject: loan. 1500 loan, no credit check

    Message:No credit check or fax needed, instant online approval.
    wwwfastloanopt.com"


    How they got my Sprint mobile number, in order to send me that SPAM, is
    unknown. I give my number only to a few family members.

    This morning I went to that web site on my regular Internet browser, and it
    is parked--it is not even activated!

    It seems that, even had I responded to the text message, I would not have
    been considered for a "loan."

    So what gives? What is the point in some SPAMMER sending messages and using
    an invalid return URL? Are they phishing?

    I phoned Sprint and they blocked further messages from that sender, but I am
    curious as to what the objective was in sending me the message in the first
    place.

    Anyone know what's going on???





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  2. #2
    TL Mitchell
    Guest

    Re: SPAM Text Message Questions

    "John Holmes" <[email protected]> wrote

    > Last night, just before midnight, I received a SPAM text message as
    > follows:


    <snipped>

    I got the same text, my line is new with a never-before-issued number that
    no one has. Unless someone at Sprint is peddling numbers I'd guess they use
    automated diallers to mass-text spam. I used to have consecutively numbered
    lines in my home. Right after I'd drop the hammer on one telemarketer I'd
    get another on the other line.

    What I don't get is if everyone's annoyed and nobody does business with
    these geeks how can it possibly be a worthwhile way to drum up business?
    Unless those same clowns that send money to that Nigerian Colonel are
    patronizing the spammers too.......

    TL





  3. #3
    Dutch
    Guest

    Re: SPAM Text Message Questions

    While dumping the alt.cellular.sprintpcs bit bucket, I heard John Holmes
    say:

    > Last night, just before midnight, I received a SPAM text message as follows:
    >
    > "from [email protected]
    >
    > Subject: loan. 1500 loan, no credit check
    >
    > Message:No credit check or fax needed, instant online approval.
    > wwwfastloanopt.com"
    >
    > How they got my Sprint mobile number, in order to send me that SPAM, is
    > unknown. I give my number only to a few family members.
    >
    > This morning I went to that web site on my regular Internet browser, and it
    > is parked--it is not even activated!
    >
    > It seems that, even had I responded to the text message, I would not have
    > been considered for a "loan."
    >
    > So what gives? What is the point in some SPAMMER sending messages and using
    > an invalid return URL? Are they phishing?


    It looks like someone got ahead of themselves and sent out the spam run
    before the site was ready. The domain was registered on Mar. 24th. :-)

    > I phoned Sprint and they blocked further messages from that sender, but I am
    > curious as to what the objective was in sending me the message in the first
    > place.
    >
    > Anyone know what's going on???


    I believe the majority of the text spam originates as email sent through
    one of the many SMS mail-to-text gateways, likely just using sequential
    numbering. The cost to send it is so low that the spammers don't care if
    a lot of the addresses bounce. Since I pay per message, I've blocked
    most of the major gateways in my SMS filter using my online Sprint
    account's "Message Settings". Here's the list that I have blocked so
    far:

    cingularme.com
    email.uscc.net
    ivctext.com
    lolatext.com
    message.alltel.com
    message.sprintpcs.com
    msg.acsalaska.com
    mymetropcs.com
    nmode.com
    pcs.rogers.com
    qwestmp.com
    sms.sasktel.com
    teleflip.com
    tmomail.net
    txt.att.net
    utext.com
    vmobil.com
    vmobile.ca
    vtext.com
    vzwpix.com

    Since I've blocked those gateways, the only text messages I've gotten
    are free ones from Sprint CS.

    --
    Dutch



  4. #4
    John Holmes
    Guest

    Re: SPAM Text Message Questions


    "Dutch" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > While dumping the alt.cellular.sprintpcs bit bucket, I heard John Holmes
    > say:
    >
    >> Last night, just before midnight, I received a SPAM text message as
    >> follows:
    >>
    >> "from [email protected]
    >>
    >> Subject: loan. 1500 loan, no credit check
    >>
    >> Message:No credit check or fax needed, instant online approval.
    >> wwwfastloanopt.com"
    >>
    >> How they got my Sprint mobile number, in order to send me that SPAM, is
    >> unknown. I give my number only to a few family members.
    >>
    >> This morning I went to that web site on my regular Internet browser, and
    >> it
    >> is parked--it is not even activated!
    >>
    >> It seems that, even had I responded to the text message, I would not have
    >> been considered for a "loan."
    >>
    >> So what gives? What is the point in some SPAMMER sending messages and
    >> using
    >> an invalid return URL? Are they phishing?

    >
    > It looks like someone got ahead of themselves and sent out the spam run
    > before the site was ready. The domain was registered on Mar. 24th. :-)
    >
    >> I phoned Sprint and they blocked further messages from that sender, but I
    >> am
    >> curious as to what the objective was in sending me the message in the
    >> first
    >> place.
    >>
    >> Anyone know what's going on???

    >
    > I believe the majority of the text spam originates as email sent through
    > one of the many SMS mail-to-text gateways, likely just using sequential
    > numbering. The cost to send it is so low that the spammers don't care if
    > a lot of the addresses bounce. Since I pay per message, I've blocked
    > most of the major gateways in my SMS filter using my online Sprint
    > account's "Message Settings". Here's the list that I have blocked so
    > far:
    >
    > cingularme.com
    > email.uscc.net
    > ivctext.com
    > lolatext.com
    > message.alltel.com
    > message.sprintpcs.com
    > msg.acsalaska.com
    > mymetropcs.com
    > nmode.com
    > pcs.rogers.com
    > qwestmp.com
    > sms.sasktel.com
    > teleflip.com
    > tmomail.net
    > txt.att.net
    > utext.com
    > vmobil.com
    > vmobile.ca
    > vtext.com
    > vzwpix.com
    >
    > Since I've blocked those gateways, the only text messages I've gotten
    > are free ones from Sprint CS.
    >
    > --
    > Dutch



    Where id this setting? I did not see it on the Sprint Web Site.





  5. #5
    Dutch
    Guest

    Re: SPAM Text Message Questions

    While dumping the alt.cellular.sprintpcs bit bucket, I heard John Holmes
    say:

    > "Dutch" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >> While dumping the alt.cellular.sprintpcs bit bucket, I heard John Holmes
    >> say:
    >>
    >>> Last night, just before midnight, I received a SPAM text message as
    >>> follows:
    >>>

    [...]
    >>> Anyone know what's going on???

    >>
    >> I believe the majority of the text spam originates as email sent through
    >> one of the many SMS mail-to-text gateways, likely just using sequential
    >> numbering. The cost to send it is so low that the spammers don't care if
    >> a lot of the addresses bounce. Since I pay per message, I've blocked
    >> most of the major gateways in my SMS filter using my online Sprint
    >> account's "Message Settings". Here's the list that I have blocked so
    >> far:
    >>
    >> cingularme.com
    >> email.uscc.net
    >> ivctext.com
    >> lolatext.com
    >> message.alltel.com
    >> message.sprintpcs.com
    >> msg.acsalaska.com
    >> mymetropcs.com
    >> nmode.com
    >> pcs.rogers.com
    >> qwestmp.com
    >> sms.sasktel.com
    >> teleflip.com
    >> tmomail.net
    >> txt.att.net
    >> utext.com
    >> vmobil.com
    >> vmobile.ca
    >> vtext.com
    >> vzwpix.com
    >>
    >> Since I've blocked those gateways, the only text messages I've gotten
    >> are free ones from Sprint CS.

    >
    > Where id this setting? I did not see it on the Sprint Web Site.


    I log in to my account, and then click on "View My Online Tools" on the
    right side center of the page. Next, in the "Communication Tools"
    section on the left, I click on "Open Text Messaging", and then
    "Settings & Preferences" in the "Text Messaging Options" box to get to
    the "SMS Text Messaging" entry box. Each domain has to be added
    individually, but that's not much work for the relief from spam it
    gives... :-)

    --
    Dutch



  6. #6
    Dutch
    Guest

    Re: SPAM Text Message Questions

    While dumping the alt.cellular.sprintpcs bit bucket, I heard Dutch say:

    > While dumping the alt.cellular.sprintpcs bit bucket, I heard John Holmes
    > say:

    [...]
    >> Where id this setting? I did not see it on the Sprint Web Site.

    >
    > I log in to my account, and then click on "View My Online Tools" on the
    > right side center of the page. Next, in the "Communication Tools"
    > section on the left, I click on "Open Text Messaging", and then
    > "Settings & Preferences" in the "Text Messaging Options" box to get to
    > the "SMS Text Messaging" entry box. Each domain has to be added
    > individually, but that's not much work for the relief from spam it
    > gives... :-)


    I should have added that you need to do the filter entries individually
    for each phone you have, even if they're under one account...

    --
    Dutch



  7. #7
    John Holmes
    Guest

    Re: SPAM Text Message Questions


    "Dutch" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > While dumping the alt.cellular.sprintpcs bit bucket, I heard John Holmes
    > say:
    >
    >> "Dutch" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]
    >>> While dumping the alt.cellular.sprintpcs bit bucket, I heard John Holmes
    >>> say:
    >>>
    >>>> Last night, just before midnight, I received a SPAM text message as
    >>>> follows:
    >>>>

    > [...]
    >>>> Anyone know what's going on???
    >>>
    >>> I believe the majority of the text spam originates as email sent through
    >>> one of the many SMS mail-to-text gateways, likely just using sequential
    >>> numbering. The cost to send it is so low that the spammers don't care if
    >>> a lot of the addresses bounce. Since I pay per message, I've blocked
    >>> most of the major gateways in my SMS filter using my online Sprint
    >>> account's "Message Settings". Here's the list that I have blocked so
    >>> far:
    >>>
    >>> cingularme.com
    >>> email.uscc.net
    >>> ivctext.com
    >>> lolatext.com
    >>> message.alltel.com
    >>> message.sprintpcs.com
    >>> msg.acsalaska.com
    >>> mymetropcs.com
    >>> nmode.com
    >>> pcs.rogers.com
    >>> qwestmp.com
    >>> sms.sasktel.com
    >>> teleflip.com
    >>> tmomail.net
    >>> txt.att.net
    >>> utext.com
    >>> vmobil.com
    >>> vmobile.ca
    >>> vtext.com
    >>> vzwpix.com
    >>>
    >>> Since I've blocked those gateways, the only text messages I've gotten
    >>> are free ones from Sprint CS.

    >>
    >> Where id this setting? I did not see it on the Sprint Web Site.

    >
    > I log in to my account, and then click on "View My Online Tools" on the
    > right side center of the page. Next, in the "Communication Tools"
    > section on the left, I click on "Open Text Messaging", and then
    > "Settings & Preferences" in the "Text Messaging Options" box to get to
    > the "SMS Text Messaging" entry box. Each domain has to be added
    > individually, but that's not much work for the relief from spam it
    > gives... :-)
    >
    > --
    > Dutch



    Found it! Thanks!





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