Late last night and early this morning I received two unwanted SMS text messages from phone number (949) 394-3052 and (949) 228-5584 bearing the same message:
IRS ALERT! New gov’t program REDUCES BACK TAXES up to 70 percent, removes liens, garnish, levies. To qualify: REPLY: “IRS” (free, private consult)
This isn’t my first encounter with SMS spam, but it prompted me to see if I could do anything to prevent it.
The New York Times published a helpful article in 2008 entitled “How to Block Cellphone Spam, ” which let me to mymessages.wireless.att.com, an AT&T site that gives me the ability to block message like these.
You’ll find the options under Preferences; look for text-blocking and alias options. You may also block messages from specific e-mail addresses or websites if you want.