In the past few days I have experienced a new version of spam. It all started Dec 8th with a text message from Edwardo pushing some crappy penny stock which I won’t mention here. Since then I receive at least one text message a day with offers to purchase V!@gr@, get a cheaper M0rtg@g3, or increase my P3N!5 size. I guess the millions of emails sent by spammers daily is not enough.
The good news is if you are a Verizon subscriber there is a way to help minimize or at least temporarily eliminate text message spam. There is a feature with Verizon that allows you to receive any emails sent to email@example.com. I guess spammers now know this as well because it seems like they blast all the numbers at vtext.com. The solution verizon has is to allow you to choose a nickname for your account. If you will never receive an email on your phone you can pick a ridiculous nick name and hopefully nobody will ever find it. I chose something alone the lines of IHateSpam0983firstname.lastname@example.org.
This feature is somewhat buried in their site and took me a little while to find.
- Browse to http://text.vzw.com and login.
- Click on preferences in the left nav.
- Click Nickname on the now expanded preferences section of the left nav.
- Click the ‘Edit Nickname’ on the lower right hand corner
- Enter your nickname and click save.
Since doing this I have received 0 spam messages. Hopefully this works for anyone else out there who hates spam as much as I do.
As far as I know there is no way to block a specific number from texting you. You may need to call Verizon support and have them do this for you.