Dear Amy: Is there a way to block spam text messages? — Hannah, Omaha, Neb.
Dear Hannah: You’re not alone – many people receive unwanted text messages. Although you may not be able to stop spam texts completely, there are several things you can do to reduce them. A good place to start is by adding your number to the National Do Not Call Registry, donotcall.gov, which makes it illegal for telemarketers to call or text you.
If you have AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon, you can report spam messages free of charge by copying the text and sending it to SPAM (7726). Many phone carriers will allow you to block certain numbers or emails that send spam. For more information, visit nyti.ms/18IP8ek.
Android phone owners might consider downloading a spam-blocking app. Some of these are free, and each one blocks spam in different ways. For example, some apps will block all text messages that come from senders who are not on your contacts list. Be sure to read the entire app description and ask a parent or guardian before you download it.
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