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WEIRD Sprint "Free msgs will stop" message after 2.2 update??

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by scudder, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. scudder

    scudder Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    WEEEEEIRD messages I'm getting after my 2.2 update. I don't know if it is coincidental or what but here is what I'm getting a FEW times a day through my text:
    Free msgs:will stop automatically //SVAgICdTEAQAD+lpUcs4w21LOAMYpMOs3OQfiqgwH79upzjzZVmrGEszyPnD7HuZCWYfRYH4/ICg1G9D+xdUMbqlnoKqRhr8xJ//VSANY CLUE what this is or how to stop?? I can just SEE myself calling Sprint and reading off the 80-character string of letters and asking THEM this question!! LOL!! So, before I do...thoughts??


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  2. Misbehavin'

    Misbehavin' Well-Known Member

    Sounds like text spam. The message was probably supposed to be a URL, but the text is being borked for some reason.
  3. freeza

    freeza Android Enthusiast

    Looks like it may have something to do with Visual Voicemail (since I know it uses some sort of secret text messaging system that you never see to get your voicemails delivered)
  4. scudder

    scudder Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Didn't even think it was SPAM...WONDERFUL!! :mad:

  5. novarider

    novarider Android Enthusiast

    Reply stop to it. Most spam stops if you do
  6. wubbie075

    wubbie075 Android Enthusiast

    Yeah but then they sell your number to 10 more "marketing companies" since they have confirmed the number is valid and in use
  7. scudder

    scudder Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    EXACTLY...the VERY LAST thing you want to do is REPLY to spam. And 10 more companies?? Try 100!! I've always ALWAYS be told NEVER response to a Spam message on email or phone or reply to a "remove/unsubscribe" list for spam because all you'll do is confirm your email address is valid.
  8. DualSportDad

    DualSportDad Member

    great. i started getting the spam messages today and like an idiot i responded "STOP".
  9. jamesdean

    jamesdean Android Enthusiast

    Family member was recently spammed multiple times and Verizon told him also to reply with "stop". What a moronic instruction from someone that should be trained on such simple matters.

    I agree also you should never reply to any spam.
  10. DualSportDad

    DualSportDad Member

    i got 2 or 3 yesterday and replied "STOP" and haven't had one yet today. if they do continue i will find out where they are coming from and i will hire a lawyer to make it stop.

    my phone number is also on the mobile phone do not call list.
  11. jamesdean

    jamesdean Android Enthusiast

    Just curious what amount of legal fees you would consider paying to stop spam?
  12. scudder

    scudder Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    You miiiiiight be safe...depending upon the faked/spoofed "sender" of the spam. For instance, if your friend "bob@aol.com" was hacked or his LEGIT email address was was taken by a spammer to send out spam so that "bob@aol.com" was faked as the sender and you replied to bob@aol.com and with "stop" then you wouldn't have a problem. If the faked sender was a totally fake, non-existent address and you replied "stop" then nothing would happen.

    HOWEVER, if the return email address was set up to CULTIVATE legitimate email replies OR if, in a spam email on your computer your replied an/or hit the B.S. "unsubscribe link" then they PROBABLY gotcha.

    The purported return address for the spam I was receiving was a 4-digit number which was sorta familiar as I have received LEGITIMATELY received from Sprint messaging. I have a feeling that if...IF...I replied to the texts I have been getting nothing would happen because the return "phone number" was something like "9144" or something like that.

    With regard to the cell phone rep telling you to reply "STOP" the rep you talked to is probably only HALF (vs. full) moron. Most LEGIT services that you might sign up for will universally all turn off messaging to you with the reply "STOP' to their message. However, with a SPAMMER, if that rep suggested replying "STOP" that ain't too swift...
    And BTW, you said you replied "STOP" and haven't received anything recently....I think that is ONLY coincidental.
  13. ScorpDX

    ScorpDX Android Expert

    That's a "push" message. The system is supposed to intercept it and then sync your app(whichever it may be). That's how you get email or whatever "pushed" to your phone. Email/Facebook/Twitter/voicemail/ect apps rely on those for the push notifications to work properly.

    I don't know why the phone isn't intercepting it. Normally you'd never even know it came through.

    I had the problem going from blackberry to my Hero. Sprint kept sending the push messages for facebook notifications for several weeks. I googled and the only real option was to get on sprint.com and blacklist the number on your texts.
  14. scudder

    scudder Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    The "from" number is from "9114" which is similar to other legit Sprint messages I have received. Do you have any clue what I might have or should have received from Sprint after my 2.2 update??

    Also, regarding the blacklist...I'm a bit concerned about blacklisting the "9114" number because of the fear that LEGIT messages from Sprint in the future, if this issue is fixed, would be blocked as well, no??

  15. ScorpDX

    ScorpDX Android Expert

  16. Howie

    Howie Android Expert

    I was thinking it was from a BlackBerry (if you had one previously activated on your account). I had similar type messages when I had a BB (don't remember what it was for that). But, seems to be some type of syncing instruction.
  17. DualSportDad

    DualSportDad Member

    i got another spam message today :(
  18. scudder

    scudder Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    What was the "from" address?? What is a real 10-digit number or was it similar to the Sprint-like text message that I got from the number "9114"??
  19. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
    VIP Member

    If all else fails, maybe look into something like this:

    Android Firewall - Android app on AppBrain

    Search firewall on the Market. Once upon a time it seemed like there were a ton of these floating around. Pay attention to user comments - some of these are said to chew up battery time.
  20. DualSportDad

    DualSportDad Member

    10 digit numbers.



    one was spamming about loans11.com and the other about a wal-mart gift card.

    no idea how they got my number. i have had this number for 10 years and never any spam. i'm real careful about who i give my number out to as well. if it's people i don't know i usually give out my google voice number.

    instead of replying "stop" anymore i just went into my sprint account and blocked the 2 numbers from being able to send me text messages.
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  21. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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    I had no idea you could do that!
  22. DualSportDad

    DualSportDad Member

    yeah just go into your sprint account and under "profile" you can add numbers you want to block. i won't reply to anymore spammers i'll just sign in and add them to the list.

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