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FTC Files Eight Complaints, Charges 29 Text Spammers

CONSUMER PRIVACY—U.S.

March 8, 2013

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged 29 defendants with “collectively sending more than 180 unwanted text messages to consumers, many of whom had to pay for receiving the texts.” The messages promised prizes to consumers who clicked on embedded links, which then prompted them to provide sensitive personal information, according to a press release. “Today’s announcement says ‘game over’ to the major league scam artists behind millions of spam texts,” said FTC Acting Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection Charles Harwood. “The FTC is committed to rooting out this deception and stopping it.”
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