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Next Frontier for spammers -- text messaging

Nearly 10 billion text messages are sent by U.S. cell phone users every month. If you don't think that's caught the attention of spammers, think again.

One recent study indicates that millions of text-message spams are in circulation already. The majority target younger cell phone users who send the most text messages. But experts say it could be just a matter of time before text spam becomes more widespread.

What's more, many cell phone subscribers face the double whammy of having to pay 10 cents for every text message received, whether read or unread, solicited or unsolicited.

"Spam is a growing concern in the wireless realm," acknowledged Heidi Flato, a spokeswoman for Verizon Wireless. She said her company filters up to 50,000 spam messages every day before they can reach customers' cell phones.

Palo Alto resident Bill Zaumen is one of numerous wireless customers to see a recent increase in the amount of spam arriving via his cell phone. He ...

ยป San Francisco Chronicle - David Lazarus - 04-08-2006

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