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The volume of text spam remains comparatively small, because those spammers who are just trying to sell a product—Cialis, say, or fake Rolexes—have largely stuck to email, which remains the cheaper option. The latest wave of text scams is a cut above your typical Nigerian bank fraud. S.-based e-crooks and semi-legal websites, these swindles use confusing privacy notices and fine-print consent forms to lend a veneer of plausibility to attempts to separate you from your personal and financial information.

Consider a text that invites you to “Test & keep unreleased i Phone5!

” “You have 1 unread message from your secret crush! I ignored some, replied “STOP” to others, and even tried calling back in the vain hope of confronting my tormentors. I’ve long known not to click the links in spam emails, but 10 years of spam-free cellphone ownership had lulled me into complacency when it came to texts.

Every buzz meant another text message charge on my bill. As I belatedly realized, a reply of any kind confirms to cellphone spammers that they’ve reached a working number—which they can then sell to other spammers.

But don’t imagine that your tip is going to spur anyone to hunt down the scoundrel that spammed you and bring him to justice.

The spammers aren’t just sitting on a couch somewhere typing messages one by one into a handset.

If he’s right, perhaps mobile spam will be held down to the level of a minor annoyance for most.

The cost of fielding complaints from exasperated customers outweighs any revenue the wireless companies get from spam messages, Cloudmark’s Reading reckons.

(To ensure that’s the case, follow up your spam reports by calling up your wireless provider and asking to have the relevant text-message charge removed from your bill.) Reading tells me his company’s latest spam filter has the capacity to identify and block most of the current wave of mobile scams before they reach customers.

(Damn you auto-correct, I meant “free Wal-Mart cards,” not ”free walnut cards!

”) Rather, they use customized computer programs to generate and send hundreds of messages in a matter of minutes, varying the wording, capitalization, and punctuation to evade the phone companies' rudimentary spam filters.

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