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What’s Considered a Spam Text Message? Are They Even Legal?

Oct 11, 2018
Shamis & Gentile, P.A.
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We’ve all had spam e-mails and calls before. The fact that they contacted you is annoying enough, but what’s worse is that companies and marketers have recently found a way to send spam text messages to your phone.  Now you may be asking yourself How did they get my number? Why are they sending me spam text messages?  Is it even legal for these companies to invade my privacy and send me a spam text message whenever they feel like it? The Text Message Lawyers are here to answer your questions and help you put an end to this nuisance!

What’s considered a spam text message?

What are spam text messages and what do they even look like? While we’re sure there are many forms of spam texting, the most common involve a strange number or account. For example, getting a text from Mom is drastically different than getting a text from a number you don’t even recognize or or from a short code number that reads 215-25. You may notice that the message is strange, asks you for personal information or includes a link for you to follow or is offering you some type of promotion.

What risks do these spam text messages pose?

Sadly, some of these spam text messages can pose a risk for you if you get lured into their trap to capture your personal information. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) states that many spam texts include promises of free gifts or product offers to lure you into giving out your info (like how much you make or your bank account information). If you respond with your info, you’re putting yourself at great risk for identity theft.

On a less serious and more annoying note, you could also be charged by your cell phone company just for receiving the text.

Are spam text messages even legal?

Just like most unsolicited calls, spam texts are illegal. In fact, it’s undoubtedly illegal to send unsolicited commercial texts to someone from an auto-dialer (a device that stores your cell phone information and then sends you messages using random account names). The only times that unsolicited texting is legal is if the sender is a person or company you have a relationship with (like your bank sending you statements) or from a company where you have given consent for them to communicate with you via text.

What can I do to combat these spam text messages?

You can report your spam text messages to The Text Message Lawyers at Shamis & Gentile, P.A. According to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) if a company sends you an unsolicited text message, then they are responsible to pay you for each spam text message that they sent you.  This law is in place to protect you from the annoyance, nuisance, and invasion of privacy from these telemarketers.

When you report your spam text messages to Shamis & Gentile, P.A. our team of Text Message Lawyers will track down the sender of the text message and help you recover up to $500 for each unsolicited text message you received or $1,500 if the violation was willful or knowing.

You heard that right… You could receive up to $1,500 per spam text that you received.

Report your spam text messages to The Text Message Lawyers. It’s as simple as 1-2-3:

  1. Take a screenshot of your spam text messages
  2. Submit Your Claim Here
  3. Let us do our work to fight on your behalf!

There are NO fees or expenses, so call today for a free consultation or submit your claim here and we will get in contact with you immediately. We would be happy to review for you, a loved one, a friend, or anyone you suspect may have a case. Report your spam text messages today and we’ll see if we can help you recover $500 to $1,500 for each text message.

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