Spam Text Messages

Spam text messages are an emerging problem throughout the United States.  In addition to being an annoying and disruptive invasion of privacy, spam texts can cost money for people without unlimited text plans.  Although some of the products and services being marketed through spam texts are legitimate, many others are predatory scams and pyramid schemes.

So now that we know what the problem is, what is the solution?  Thankfully, there is a powerful law protecting consumers from spam texters.  The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) was passed by the United States Congress in 1991 to protect consumer privacy. The TCPA restricts telephone solicitations (i.e., telemarketing) and the use of automated telephone equipment (i.e., automatic telephone dialing systems, or ATDS, and predictive telephone dialing systems, or PTDS) to call peoples’ cellular phones. The TCPA also limits the use of these automatic dialing systems, as well as the use of artificial or prerecorded voice messages, spam text messages, and junk fax machines, in most circumstances.

The damages that you can receive are at least $500 and up to $1,500 for each spam text.  That can add up, especially when the case is brought as a class action on behalf of others who have received the same spam text.  In class actions cases, the first people to step forward with a spam test usually received an additional monetary incentive award for their time and effort in participating in the case.

Not every spam text leads to a viable case.  For example, some scammers are offshore and difficult to trace.  However, we have access to investigators who can discover the sender of the text, if at all possible. If you have received a spam text, take a screenshot of it and email it to us at  info@mass-legal.com, along with your basic contact information.  We will review it for free and get back in touch with our findings.

How to take a screenshot with an iPhone:

To take a screenshot with your iPhone or iPod Touch, just press the Home and Sleep buttons at the same time. If you nail the timing, the screen will flash and you’ll hear the same camera shutter sound that the Camera app makes when you take a photo.

How to take a screenshot with an Android:

To take a screenshot on Android 4.0 and above simply press and hold your smartphone’s power and volume down button at the same time for 1- to 2 seconds.

 

 

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