Block Mobile Spam

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This VisiHow article will show you how to block spam on your mobile device. You've spent all that time blocking spam on your PC or laptop, and now you have to block it on your mobile device, where there are more ways for people to spam you. Not only do you have to deal with span in your email, but now you can expect it via text messages and phone calls.

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Blocking Spam on Your Mobile Device

If you want to block spam on your mobile device, follow the directions below.

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    Avoid Internet Messages
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    Take notice of all messages coming from the internet, which will more than likely come in the form of promotion, membership or notification. When you receive these kinds of messages, they usually come with an option to stop the messages from being sent to your mobile device. A lot of people do not take advantage of the option and instead just complain about the messages. If you don't take action and stop the messages from coming, they will keep sending more, and eventually, different spammers will also begin to send messages to your device.
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    1. Another way to stop these messages is to contact your service provider and ask them to block all of these messages, which will prevent you from having to send the STOP message to every one of these spammers individually.
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    Use False or Alternate Accounts
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    Use a fake or alternate form of contact if you don't want to receive messages from certain sites, spammer promotions, etc. When you sign up for things on the internet, the information you give them will often be used to send spam to your mobile device, and sometimes even your home mailbox. By using false information, you can prevent your device from receiving messages from spammers. This is especially important if you have to pay per message on your cell phone plan, but you will still be able to get the immediate information that you seek from the site. Other than using a fake number you can also use an alternate email address specifically for things you sign up for on the internet. This way, all the spam email will go to that email address, rather than the one you use most often. Just make sure this email address is NOT synced with your mobile.
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    Block Unwanted Numbers
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    Block the numbers or addresses of the spammers to keep them from being able to contact you on your mobile number, and to keep the emails from coming to your inbox. If you contact your cell carrier, the company will be able to block all information coming to your device from a certain number, email address, or even a website that you provide, and keep them from contacting you on your mobile device. Whenever you block a URL from contacting you through your carrier, anything sent from that specific URL will be blocked.
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    Don't Give Information Unnecessarily
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    Refrain from giving your information out to online websites that require you to give them a number to be contacted. Signing up for many things online will automatically give out your information to spammers. If you don't want messages on your cell phone, another good way to get the information or registration you desire is to give the site or registration form a landline number. You may receive calls on your landline, but at least it won't cost you money. This is basically a transfer from getting annoyed on your cellular device to being annoyed on your landline. The best advice is to not give out any information online that can be traced back to your personal number or home address for spam.
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    Download a Blocking App
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    If you are using an Android-based operating system, there are some blocking apps that you can download from the Android market. One called "Mr. Number" and another called "Privacy Star" can help you to not only block spammers, but also block personal calls from coming to your device. When using these applications, you can block either a number you input, a spam number that has called, or any contact in your phone. These applications will save you the time of having to figure out the number by simply taking the number off of your recent calls list and blocking the number from your device. Along with these apps you can opt to:  
    1. Have that particular number completely ignored by your mobile.
    2. Sent directly to your voicemail box so you can still listen to the information, without having to answer your phone and talk to them.
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    Do not reply to spam text messages if you do not wish to receive any more messages from them
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    If you reply to the message other than STOP, then you are giving your consent to the business to continue to send messages to your mobile device. The same is true of email and texts. Don't encourage them by replying to their emails/calls/texts.
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    Create email addresses with uncommon names
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    Simple email address names will gather more spam than harder to guess email addresses. Although most spam comes from some kind of interaction you have online, whether purchasing something, playing a game or signing up from something, there are spammers that guess at email addresses and just randomly sent them out. If you have a common name and have used it as your email address, you'll already know this.
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    Start over with your mobile number
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    If the spam continues to come to your mobile device, a lot, sometimes it's so far gone, and your number has been "shared" with multiple spammers, the fix might only be temporary. Changing your mobile device number will help you to be able to start over fully free and clear from all spammer but understand that this is to be used as a last resort. If you do this, re-read this article and take the advice for a spam-free device.
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How to Deal With Spam Based on Your Service Provider

Below are further tips to help you block spammers according to your specific carrier:

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    Sprint
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    1. Go to SPRINT.
    2. Select the tab labeled "Digital Lounge" to open the messaging menu.
    3. Choose the "Block Texts" option.
    4. You'll be shown a menu that will allow you to block certain phone numbers, email addresses and website addresses.
    5. After you have finished entering your selection/s, select the save option to you save all of your changes accordingly.
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    Verizon
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    1. Go to VERIZON.
    2. After you've logged in, go to the tab marked "My Verizon".
    3. Select the next tab, marked "My Services."
    4. Once this menu is opened, you will need to locate the selection labeled "Spam Control".
    5. From "Spam Control", you can enter up to 15 addresses and numbers to be blocked from your mobile device.
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    AT&T
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    1. The quickest way to block spam through this carrier is to forward the message that has been spammed to you to the number "7726," (the numbers spell S.P.A.M.) ## From there, the numbers or addresses will be blocked, and won't be able to contact your device.
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    T-Mobile
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    Go to T-Mobile.  
    1. Select the tab "My T-Mobile."
    2. Select "Change Plan or Services".
    3. Select the option labeled "Change Services".
    4. From here you can block certain texts, emails, and calls from being delivered to your device.
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    Virgin Mobile
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    Go to VIRGIN MOBIL.  
    1. Log in.
    2. Go to "Change Preferences".
    3. You can block certain texts, emails, and calls from being delivered to your device from the menu.
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Tips, Suggestions & Warnings

  • Be safe when it comes to blocking numbers that are unknown for they can be calls coming from your bank or other important calls.
  • Putting your phone number on a "do not call list" only prevents people from calling your number, but you will still be open to receiving text messages from them.
  • Do not respond to first time text messages from spammer for responding to these messages will give them the impression that you will like to receive more messages from them in the future.
  • Be sure the number contacting you is a spammer, and not a friend for you may block a friend's number instead of a spammer
  • Download applications that can help you to block spam such as Mr. Number, Norton, etc.
  • For a long-term effective way to reduce or block spam, contact your mobile network carrier for help.
  • Set up to email/phone numbers to separate spam coming to your device. Use one email specifically for signing up to online sites, and purchasing things, etc. You'll still get the emails, but in a controlled environment, and not in your usual email address.

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