Nov 22 2013, 6:09am CST | by Sumayah Aamir
AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have made the brave decision to once and for all stop charging customers for spam that gets sent to them. The fraudulent messaging costs the public $2 billion annually. Most of them consist of meaningless statements and have no reality to back their claims. They are basically schemes set up by con artists and rip-off agents who are out to bamboozle the gullible among us.
Under the auspices of the Attorney General of Vermont, William Sorrell, the initiative was taken. It will take a little time to reach completion ranging from a few days to a week or two. Over 44 other states have jumped on the bandwagon and it looks like the fraudsters who SMS hoodwinking spam will be out of business soon.
Attorney General Sorrell said , “This is a victory for cell phone users in Vermont and across the nation. While PSMS has some benefits, like charitable giving, it is also a major contributor to the current mobile cramming problem. We are pleased that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have decided to stop the flow of money from the pockets of ordinary people to the bank accounts of scam artists. We’re hopeful the other carriers will soon follow their lead. There is still much work to be done. My office will continue to work with other states for industry reforms and to recover money for consumers victimized by cramming.”
It is a welcome sign that shows that the carriers have finally taken responsibility by blocking all scam artists who rob the public of their hard-earned money. The scourge had been called Premium SMS content. And it had been the bane of the public’s existence. People were sick and tired of those nuisance messages which made unbelievable claims of the receiving parties having won astronomical sums of money. All billing for such wasteful and misleading messages will be terminated soon. It will indeed be good riddance to bad rubbish.
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