Are you receiving spam on your smartphone? You shouldn’t be, as Congress banned the sending of “unwanted commercial email messages to wireless devices without prior permission” as of March 2005. The FCC’s ban covers messages sent to cell phones and pagers, if the message uses an Internet address that includes an Internet domain name (usually the part of the address after the individual or electronic mailbox name and the “@” symbol).

The FCC’s ban does not cover short messages, typically sent from one mobile phone to another, that do not use an Internet address. FCC rules prohibit sending unwanted text messages to your wireless phone number if they are sent using an autodialer, or if you have placed that number on the national Do-Not-Call list. You may file a complaint with the FCC if you receive: 1) an unwanted commercial message sent to a wireless device; 2) or a telephone solicitation made to a wireless device for which the phone number is registered on the national Do-Not-Call list; 3) or any autodialed text message on your wireless device; 4) or an unwanted commercial message to a non-wireless device from a telecommunications company or advertising a telecommunications company’s products or services.

To find out how to file a compliant, or to learn more about the law, go to http://www.fcc.gov/guides/spam-unwanted-text-messages-and-email.

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