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Cell users attempt to stop spam texts

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Cell phones are our constant companions. They're often used more for data, like texting, more so than for talk.

CTIA, the wireless association representing the wireless communications industry, found last year we sent more than two trillion text messages. That's up three percent from the year before; however, many of the texts coming to phones are unwanted.

"I get one recurring about health insurance," Seth Johnson said about his spam texts. He says he's often interrupted by that type of text.

"It's very annoying," he said. "It always seems to happen when I'm in the middle of something at work and I'm always busy there."

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission charged 29 defendants with bombarding consumers more than 180 million unwanted texts.

"You take the time, you stop and look at it and it's just irritating," said Shannon Jeirles. "It's Irritating and costly. Many of the you have to pay to receive them. "Very annoying, certainly not something I've asked for or requested."

Unless you gave consent to get a message or it's sent as an emergency, it's illegal. To stop them, the Federal Communications Commission says start by forwarding the spam to 7-7-2-6, that spells S-P-A-M. It won't cost you and it will allow your provider to prevent future unwanted texts from the sender.

Check with your carrier as well as some offer their own services to stop spam. You should also file a complaint with the FCC or FTC. Jeirles also tries another tactic to stop the spam. "Some of them will say, text stop. If it says stop text, I will typically do that." that will work too, but likely only if the text came from someone you once agreed to get texts from. Otherwise it could be a sign to the spammer they really have your number.

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