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    Angry Spam SMS

    I have tried calling Sprint, but they don't appear to know what I am talking about so I will pose my question here. For about 4 months now, I have been receiving spam SMS messages, trying to sell me everything from Mortgage Rates to Rolexs to Viagra. Anyhow, the from address is 6245. I have tried to reply with STOP, Unsubscribe and all other four-letter words but they keep on coming. Has anyone else had this happen? How do I stop it?

    Thanks..

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    Wow. I read about this over @ MSNBC last week. I believe China is now going to force everyone to register thier cellphones because SMS spam is such a big problem there.

    If I'm not mistaken, 6245 means that message is being sent via e-mail to your phone. Would make sense...would have to assume they have a database of numbers and are just mass sending messages.

    I don't know how or if this will work for you b/c I'm on Verizon. One of the options they give us is to create a custom address for our phones. So instead of 908451xxxx@whateveritis.com, I have mine setup as my first initial/last name@whateveritis.com. The side effect/benefit is that now messages addressed specifically to 908451xxxx@blahblahblah.com never make it through. I don't know if it's a fluke or if it's designed to work that way. But if you have a similar feature, you may want to give it a shot.
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    check your setting from your instant messenger programs. That From number you get is what I get when my friends send IM's to me vial AIM while I'm away from my computer. You may have a chat program set up where it forwards the IM's to your phone.
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    thanks for those ideas.. I didnt even think about that being the case. Thanks again....

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    6245 (AKA MAIL) is the source address for SMTP to SMS gateway email - it means someone is sending email to your <phone#>@messaging.sprintpcs.com. Sucks to be you - I don't believe Sprint gives you enough control over incoming SMS to be able to turn it off without turning off SMS entirely (something I don't know that they will do). I *think* the source email address hsould show up as the first line in the SMS - but I'm not sure. Not that it's going to help - but you can try reporting them to Sprint to get blocked as spam.
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    email sms will show the from email address as far as I have seen.
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    incomming messages from 6245 are messages comming to your phone from an email account. Someone (or something) is sending you email to [yourphonenumber]@messaging.sprintpcs.com

    That can be turned off on the manage site. Log into sprint.com com with your phone number and account password. Once on the manage page goto the "my online tools" section choose "text messaging" then choose "settings and prefrences" then uncheck the "allow email messages", then save

    you will not get them or be charged... it shuts off all messages sent to that address.

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    The downside is that that is not the only way they can send txt messages. ##########@teleflip.com and other similar types could be used as well....
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    And now I know something new - I didn 't know you could do that. Thanks for the info
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    Originally posted by Evil Genius
    incomming messages from 6245 are messages comming to your phone from an email account. Someone (or something) is sending you email to [yourphonenumber]@messaging.sprintpcs.com

    That can be turned off on the manage site. Log into sprint.com com with your phone number and account password. Once on the manage page goto the "my online tools" section choose "text messaging" then choose "settings and prefrences" then uncheck the "allow email messages", then save

    you will not get them or be charged... it shuts off all messages sent to that address.
    Thank you a million... I was so tired of getting those damn spam messages and then sprint had no idea what they were. The one that sent me over the edge was the one that I received while at midnight mass on christmas eve. Anyhow I have done as you suggested and I have high level of confidence that it will work.

    Thanks again...

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    Originally posted by amirmckelvey
    The downside is that that is not the only way they can send txt messages. ##########@teleflip.com and other similar types could be used as well....
    I tested this and it is blocked as well.

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    You can login to your Sprint account and set it to not allow web messages, block domains, and other features.
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