Scammers are becoming more and more sophisticated in their methods of targeting potential victims. They're using social media, phone numbers that can't be traced, and texts to get you to participate in a scam. In this blog post I will discuss 7 ways on how you can stop these unwanted text messages from scammers!

1. Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers

If you don’t recognize the number, don’t answer it. This is one of the easiest ways to stop a scammer from reaching you. If it's an important call, they will leave a message and you can return their call later.

If you do answer the phone and it turns out to be a scammer, just hang up! Don't engage with them in any way, as this could lead to more calls or texts from them. Just remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

2. If they leave a voicemail, don’t pick up

If you see that the call is from an unknown number, and they have left a voicemail, don't pick up! This could be another tactic used by scammers in order to get you to answer their call. Again, if it's important, they will leave a message and you can return their call later.

If you do listen to the voicemail, make sure not to give out any personal information. Just hang up and delete the message if you don't know who it is or what it's about.

Remember: never give out your personal information over the phone unless you are absolutely sure of the person that you are speaking with!

3. Turn off your phone to stop incoming calls

This is a fast and simple way to stop the scammers. If you turn your phone off, it can't receive any incoming calls or texts. However, most people do not want to be without their phones for too long.

You may also try enabling 'Do Not Disturb' mode on your device so that only certain callers are allowed through during this time period (such as family members).

Another option would be to check out how third-party apps like Truecaller work with spam detection & SMS blocking features which help in saving battery life while getting rid of unwanted text messages from spammers.

4. Report the scammer's texts and phone number

If you receive text messages from a scammer, report them! This will help to stop other people from being scammed by the same person. You can report the texts to your wireless carrier, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), or the National Fraud Information Center (NFIC).

To report texts to your wireless carrier, you will need the phone number of the sender and the date and time that the message was sent. You can find this information by looking at the text messages on your phone.

To report scams to the FTC, go to their website and fill out a complaint form. The NFIC also has a website where you can file a complaint.

When you report scammer's texts, be sure to include all of the following information:

-The name of the scammer or company that is trying to scam you
-The contact information for the scammer (phone number, email address, etc.)
-Details about how the scam works

6. Get an app that will block unwanted text messages from specific numbers

There are many apps available that can block scam texts, including Truecaller. These allow you to add numbers to a spam list and they will help prevent these people from contacting you again in the future.

Another option is setting up text filtering on your mobile device or account so all messages sent with certain key words or phrases are blocked before they even get through. This way unwanted spam messages won't show up at all - how great would that be?

For example, if someone called claiming to be calling about an issue with your Windows computer, you could set it up so their number gets filtered out automatically without any interaction needed on your end. If this happens often enough, it may also catch other scammers who use similar methods of trying to scare you into revealing personal information.

You can also filter out all unknown numbers, which will prevent you from receiving any texts that aren't sent by someone in your contact list. This way, no one else is able to get through except for people who are already saved on your phone.

7.  Educate yourself on how to spot a scam text message

The best way to avoid being scammed is to be aware of the different tactics that scammers use. If you know what to look for, it will be much easier to identify a scam text and report it.

Some common red flags that indicate a text message may be fraudulent include:

- Requests for personal information (credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc.)
- Urgent messages with threats of legal action or arrest if you don't comply
- Promises of free gifts, money, or products in exchange for taking actions such as providing your credit card number or buying something from an online store
- Sending links to websites that ask you to input personal information
- Asking you to wire money or send gift cards
- Requests for donations to help a sick child or family member
- Offers to sell you something that seems too good to be true

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! And no legitimate company will ever ask for your personal information via text message.

When dealing with scammer texts, it's important to remember that you are not alone. There are many people who have been targeted by these criminals and there are resources available to help. By following the steps listed above, you can protect yourself from becoming a victim and stop the scammers in their tracks.

To learn more how to protect yourself against online scammers, visit the Cyber Defense Protocol.


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