How to stop spam text messages

6 BILLION texts are sent every day. We rely on text messages to communicate with our friends, family and even our GP practices or banks.

Spam texts are extremely annoying and can cause us to get scammed out of money.

Read how simple and easy it is to stop spam texts.

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The issue here is pretty simple. We all know what spam texts are and why we don’t want them. However, more and more members are reporting spam texts to us, which makes sense given the sharp increase in scams and spam over the last few years.

We are constantly sent screenshots of scammers trying to trick our members out of money via SMS (text messages), like this screenshot to the right.

Luckily, we have a solution.

Provided you have your Norton product installed (which comes with IPS 360 Protect) then it is really easy.  If not, see how to set it up here.

Spam text message

How to report the spam text message

Again, this is very easy.

To report a spam text, simply forward the text to 7726.

This reports the text to your network provider.

You may get an automated response thanking you for the report and giving you further instructions if needed. You will not be charged for sending texts to 7726.

An easy way to remember ‘7726′ is that they are the numbers on your mobile which spell out the word ‘SPAM’.

How to use the tool on an Android

From the home screen, launch the Norton 360 app.
In the Norton 360 app main screen, tap Security > SMS Security > Set Up.
Tap Allow to allow the Norton 360 app to view and filter the spam text messages that you receive from known and unknown senders.
If you see the Additional Permissions option in the SMS Security screen, tap Additional Permissions.
Next to Draw over other apps, move the slider to turn it on to allow the Norton 360 app to alert you about the risky messages.
In the Display over other apps screen, tap Norton 360 from the list.
Next to Allow display over other apps, move the slider to turn it on.

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