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Telus reiterates: Don’t respond to spam

It’s a pretty well-known mantra, but it’s worth repeating. When you receive a spam message, do not respond. There is nothing worse than letting a spammer know that the address they hit is correct. I’d expect to be on a thousand mailing lists after that, effectively increasing spam total. It’s much worse on cell phones, of course, because many of us get charged per message. Thankfully, this happened with Telus in Canada, where incoming texts are free. Still, to save yourself the annoyance, just ignore the spam.

Telus spokesman Chris Gerritsen backs it up:

They’re likely not targeting anyone specific; they’re going ‘phishing’ to see if anyone bites,” said Gerritsen. “We always tell our customers not to respond to unsolicited messages.”

Telus assures us that they’re using anti-spam protection, and the latest technology at that. But as any of you with Hotmail accounts know, it’s very easy to open the floodgates of spam. Don’t let it happen on your cell.

[Edmonton Journal]