Are you getting unwanted text messages? Those spam texts may be illegal. The class action attorneys at Wanta Thome PLC hold businesses accountable for unwanted, illegal text messages.
Our phones are very personal. We rely on them to connect with family and friends, whether it’s through phone calls, e-mails, and social media. We also want personal information on our phones to stay safe and secure. When businesses spam you with unwanted text messages, it’s an invasion of your time, space, and privacy.
You may have the right to assert legal claims against the sender under federal law. Some states also have laws that protect their residents from unwanted texts.
How do I protect myself from unwanted text messages?
To protect yourself from unwanted text messages, your first step is to register your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry, which is maintained by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. You can register your phone number, and you can also check to see whether your number is registered, by going to www.donotcall.gov. There’s no cost to register your phone number with the Do Not Call Registry.
If you don’t register your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry, this can limit your legal rights against senders of unwanted text messages. To make your strongest case against the spammers, register your number with the National Do Not Call Registry as soon as you can!
After you’ve registered with the National Do Not Call Registry, if you receive an unwanted text message from a sender or business you recognize, text them STOP or QUIT. This message lets the sender know that you don’t want text messages from them. If the sender or business continues to send you unwanted messages, it’s okay to text them STOP or QUIT again. If that doesn’t work, save the unwanted text messages, then contact the attorneys at Wanta Thome PLC about your rights.
If you don’t recognize the sender of a text message, the sender is likely to be a scammer or part of a criminal organization. Don’t answer these messages! If you do, the scammer may target you for more unwanted text messages, or your number may be shared with other scammers.
How can I protect personal information on my phone?
If you recognize the sender, it’s okay to text STOP or QUIT. But never text anything more than STOP or QUIT. If the sender responds by asking you more questions, don’t answer with anything besides STOP or QUIT.
No matter where a text message comes from, it’s possible the sender is trying to defraud you or steal your identity. You should never give out personal or financial information in a text message. You should never share information about income, employment, passwords, or Social Security. You should never share your credit card information.
You should never click links in a text message. Even if a text message asks you to click a link to stop unwanted text messages, do not click the link. If you click links in a spam text message, this can potentially harm your phone, lead to a data or security breach, and scammers may be able to access your personal or financial information.
What damages can I recover for illegal spamming?
Under federal law, if you receive illegal text messages, you can recover up to $500 per illegal text. If the violations are willful or intentional, that can be tripled up to $1,500 per illegal text. The attorneys at Wanta Thome Jozwiak & Wanta have the expertise to investigate unwanted texts and to bring the class action lawsuits that hold spammers accountable.
Contact Our Class Action Lawyers
Wanta Thome PLC is committed to protecting consumers from spam texts through class action lawsuits in Minnesota and throughout the United States. If you believe a company has sent you an unwanted spam text message, our consumer rights and class action lawyers want to hear from you. Contact us for a free initial consultation.