How to Stop Cellphone Text Message Spam

By Emma Nichols

Many spammers have taken to sending cellphone users spam in the form of text messages in recent years. These messages are often short, advertising a free product, and have a website listed. Although they often state texting "Stop" will remove your information from their messaging list, it tends to cause the company to send you more messages. If you are an AT&T or Verizon Wireless user, however, you can block the website associated with the spam from contacting you. Other cellphone carriers, including T-Mobile and Sprint, do not have this option yet as of the date of publication.

AT&T

Step 1

Go to http://mymessages.wireless.att.com/ on a computer.

Step 2

Log in with your AT&T wireless phone number and password. If you have not set up a password for your wireless account, click "Register" to enter your personal information and set a password.

Step 3

Click "Preferences."

Step 4

Type the Web addresses of the websites listed in the spam text messages under "Websites."

Step 5

Click "OK" to confirm. Log out.

Verizon

Step 1

Go to vtext.com.

Step 2

Click "Sign in/Register" to log in with your Verizon Wireless account or register your Verizon Wireless account online.

Step 3

Click "Preferences" under "Messaging."

Step 4

Enter the Web addresses of the websites listed in the spam text messages you received in the boxes labeled "Websites." Click "Okay" to confirm.

Step 5

Log out.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sometimes spam messages come from people you know, please verify if you are aware of the source of any message and try to resolve this by politely asking the sender to stop future messages if you know them, or if the messages contain an option to opt out, follow such instructions.
  • Refrain from replying to any spam text message if you do not know its source, replying to such messages confirms to the spammer that your cell phone number is working and places you on their priority cell phone spam list for even more messages down the road.