I had the following text message delivered to my phone:
(Hey it's Catalina)
Let one thousand flowers bloom
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Dec 9, 3.24 am
Spam. I'm now getting SMS Text Spam. And what is worse is it is costing me 15 cents. So much other spam has more nebulous costs but a text message to my phone is itemized on my phone bill at 15 cents a pop.
So, what's to be done? Well, first is to contact Verizon and see if I can get them to take the charge off my bill because this message was unsolicited and I consider it a theft of service. Next, because I don't think Verizon will be sympathetic because they make money off of each message no matter who sends it, is to have SMS disabled for my phone. I never send or receive text messages from anyone so why should I open myself to someone else making me pay for a service I don't use?
I don't expect that to work. An online article I found indicates that Verizon "does not have the capability" to turn off texting.
Next is to send a bill to The Royal Bank of Canada, owners of actiondirect.com. Oh, it's possible that the address is spoofed but when spoofing, phishers usually have a link that will take you somewhere other than the address you see on the screen. In this case, the text message came from a financial institution offering, albeit in broken English, financial advice.
I doubt that this will work either. My expectation is that the Royal Bank of Canada will deny all knowledge of this behavior.
after that, well, I suppose I just have to suffer or abandon the technology of cell phones altogether.
Thanks, Catalina. Bitch.