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Two years ago, I got a text message from a number with a Las Vegas area code. Spammers’ lists of numbers have been multiplying as they shift their focus from email to mobile phones to take advantage of cellphone companies’ weaker spam filters.

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But there’s also a possibility the problem will get much worse before it gets better.

For a grim picture of the future, one has only to look to China, where unlimited text plans have been widely available much longer. wireless carriers didn’t look to China several years ago and start preparing for the deluge.

To really put a dent in text spam, the mobile phone companies need to upgrade their spam filters. A cynic might note that the wireless providers have little incentive to expend that effort, since it costs them essentially nothing to transmit the data, and they actually profit from spam messages received by people who don’t have unlimited texting plans.

Spokespeople for Verizon and AT&T insisted to me that they’re doing all they can, and noted that the volume of mobile spam remains tiny compared to email spam.

4) Have your carrier block messages from the specific phone numbers that are spamming you.

Reporting spam does help the carriers and government agencies identify patterns of spam messages over time.

(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.

” Follow the link and it will admit that some “testing and participation” is required before you claim your prize.

It first asks you to confirm your email address, then requests your name, date of birth, phone number, and mailing address.

A few clicks later, you’re asked to enter your credit card number so they can charge a small .99 shipping fee.

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