My phone has been blowing up lately. Yes, I have dozens of fans — I call them Howley’s Wolf Pack — but that’s not who texts me at all hours of the day and night. No, I’ve been getting texts from numbers telling me a delivery I never ordered has been lost. Or for products that will, confusingly, “enhance our sluggishness.”
Yep, I’m talking about spam texts. And lately my phone has been inundated by them. And chances are yours has too.
It’s not just an annoyance either. Spam texts usually intend to trick you into giving away your information or cash. According to the Federal Trade Commission, there were 377,840 reports of text fraud in 2021 costing victims $131 million. That’s up from 334,524 reports and $86 million in 2020.
Thankfully, you can still take steps to recognize spam texts and limit them, even if you can’t eliminate them.
Let’s start with what to do if you receive a spam text. If you’re like me,…