Everyone agrees that spam text messages are an annoyance – but did you know that it is illegal for businesses and individuals to advertise to you through unsolicited text messages or unwanted phone calls sent to your cellular phone? The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) regulates the use of automatic dialing systems, SMS text messages, artificial or pre-recorded voice messages, and fax machines.
Even though sending spam text messages is illegal, it is still a common practice for several companies across the United States. According to research, an estimated 10% of all text messages sent are spam.
You may qualify to file or join a lawsuit if you have recently received spam text messages. The question is, how can you report them? Here is what you need to know.
Reporting spam text messages
First, ensure that you save the text message and screenshot it for evidence. Send the screenshot to your email inbox for safekeeping just in case your phone happens to be lost, stolen, or damaged along the way. If you can find out the identity of the company or individual sending you these spam text messages, even better.
If you decide that you would like to proceed with legal action, the next step is to send your spam text message screenshot to a spam text messages lawyer, like the lawyers at Shamis & Gentile, P.A. You can forward it to 1-833-3TEXT-ME (1-833-383-9863) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, feel free to contact us for a free consultation with a spam text messages lawyer regarding your potential case, or for more details regarding making a spam text messages claim.