Friday, February 25, 2011

Skeptical mind = scam safegaurd

I got these texts:

18:50 24/02/11 +447516316438 The Government has introduced a Debt Settlement Order, this means people struggling with debt can apply to have it wiped off, to apply txt DEBT. 2 stop txt STOP

and the same again at 01:52 25/02/11 from +447526315186

I must admit, the first one came, I read it, was busy, and ignored it, and then forgot about it.

Undoubtedly these aren't genuine, and a quick google search to find out more about the scam and how to stop it, found James Wiseman's blog which reveals I'm a bit late to the party, as they've been doing the rounds since Jan, here's James' advice:
Back in May 2009, the Guardian newspaper wrote an article Spam to go – the new mobile menace. It recommends a number of organisations you can contact. 
To complain about an inappropriate text, call the Advertising Standards Authority 020 7492 2222 or go to 
To resolve continual mobile spam despite texting “stop”, contact the ICO on 01625 54 57 45 or go to 
For help with premium rate text spam, call PhonepayPlus on 0800 500 212 or log on to 
You may be report these messages to your provider. The following links may help:
Vodafone – How do I report spam text messages?  
Orange – Stop spam text messagesT-Mobile don’t appear to have any page for reporting, but there are a few suggestions on this post 
You can also try NumberCop and
I'll get on and report mine.

It makes me wonder, as they are still going on, how many people have been duped, as it is quite an enticing offer, and not everyone has the natural tendency to question things.


  1. This is immportant to know. I'm going to tweet this.

  2. Thanks for the link. I actually think these have been doing the rounds for a couple of years now. Great blog as well keep up the good work :-)


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...