Unwanted text messages from dodgy outfits

Just had two text messages in this morning. One made me smile. It was from Premier Inn (yes I no longer suffer Travelodge) reminding me of my booking and booking reference number. I thought that was good. “Like”.

The other was from an extremely dodgy looking outfit saying “Government Legislation allows any unaffordable debts to be legally written off. Reply Y for a callback or click www.d-lg.co.uk and use our quick enquiry form”. The number was 07767169003.

Following the link takes you to a really dodgy looking site telling you nothing about who you are talking to. This really annoyed me – the opposite effect of the sms from the Premier Inn.

We the people really do need to get to grips with this.  In fact that statement about Government Legislation must surely be erring on the side of illegal. I think I will explore it and find out more.

Published by Trefor Davies

Liver of life, father of four, CTO of trefor.net, writer, poet, philosopherontap.com

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  1. If you are an O2 customer can you forward spam texts like this to 7726, its a free service and O2 will look into it. Just simply click forward and enter 7726 as the recipient.

  2. Just had a note back from the ICO that suggests that some action may be taken here.

    I include some links they provided with info on this sort of thing:

    “Your closing comment “I think I will explore it and find out more”, gives me the opportunity to suggest the following which outline what the ICO would expect to see a marketing organisation adhering to.

    Also feel free to include links to our website. This page includes a link to our own reporting tool which subscribers can use to report SPAM in addition to using the 7726 number: http://www.ico.org.uk/for_the_public/topic_specific_guides/marketing/texts

    ICO guidance and Code of Practice on Privacy Notices which is absent from the website you quoted:
    http://www.ico.org.uk/for_organisations/data_protection/topic_guides/privacy_notices

    And rules on electronic marketing:
    http://www.ico.org.uk/for_organisations/privacy_and_electronic_communications/the_guide/electronic_mail

    If I get to find out the outcome I’ll let y’all know.

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