You hear the sound of an incoming text message and excitedly check your phone, thinking the message might be from a friend or family member. But no, this one is a robotext, a junk message sent to you by a spammer trying to con you into clicking on a link, opening an attachment, calling a number, or doing something else that’s likely to cause you trouble.
Robotexts and spam messages are a fact of life, just like robocalls and junk email. But that doesn’t mean you have to put up with them. Just as with spam phone calls, you can block and stop robotexts with the right tricks and tools.
Since you can largely ignore them, robotexts may not be as invasive as robocalls, but that doesn’t mean these types of texts are harmless. Depending on your mobile phone plan, you may get charged for incoming text messages, so there’s already a financial burden. From there, things can get even more dangerous, if you’re not careful.
Clicking on a link or attachment in a spam message could trigger malware that infects your phone. Plus, if you’ve ever responded to a spam message, even accidentally, your phone number was likely tagged as valid and may have been disseminated to other scammers, increasing your odds of getting more junk messages. So, how do you deal with robotexts and spam messages? There are a few ways.