Mobile Phone Spam

By: Ian Ball

Mobile phone spamming, also known as mobile spamming, SMS spam or m-spam, is a form of spamming in which the mobile of the targeted individual gets overloaded with unsolicited text messages. The most common form of these unsolicited text messages is advertisement. In practice, there are a wide range of fraudulent attempts reported as a result of this type of spamming. Below is a reflection on few of the attempts -

Fraudulent induction to premium rate call

In some cases, the unsolicited text messages contain a number along with a simple request stating to make a call to that particular number. As in most of the times, due to usual mobile phone etiquettes the victim makes a call back to that number given. Being absolutely innocent at their end, the victim is unaware of the fact that his call is being put on the premium rate call. Not only that, the fraud attempt also tries to get the victim on hold as long as possible so that the revenue could be maximized.

Miss call

Another common but fraudulent attempt is made through miss call. Here the fraud makes one ring call to the victim and then if the victim rings it back, it goes on as same as the above mentioned process. In that case, the fraud doesn't even need to spend any bucks from his end for doing the miss call.

These two cases are particularly prevalent in US, where the case of spamming is punishable under Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 and CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

However, in Australia and Hong Kong, the spamming is punishable and legally unacceptable. But in most of the countries, there are no such hard-and-fast rules against mobile phone spamming, but there are auxiliary laws that can probably be used sometimes to fight with the situation encountered.

The situation is becoming quite remarkable in various international markets such as Japan. The condition turns so worse that some of the spamming messages even ask its readers to send money to particular bank account for some noble cause or it may contain the message saying a need for B+ blood. The unsolicited messages come even in the name of NTT DoCoMo, the biggest mobile phone company in Japan and the users face difficulties blocking messages coming from this type of source.

Presently DoCoMo in Japan is taking measure either of two ways. Either they block the message from unspecified sources or they simply cut off the lines who are caught doing fraudulent activities.

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