Hate Spam Texts? There's a New Law for That
A new law authored by state Sen. Van Wanggaard prevents telemarketers from texting messages to cell phone users same as you sign up for the No Call List.
If you hate those annoying text messages that try to sell you something, we have good news!
A new law signed by Gov. Scott Walker on April 2 is taking effect that adds texting to the rules for the traditional Do Not Call List. The bill was originally authored by state Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva).
Here's how it works:
Consumers already registered on the Do Not Call List do not need to take any further action. Those residents who have been putting off registering can do so by going to nocall.wisconsin.gov or calling 866-9NO-CALL (866-966-2255).
Lists of numbers on the list are distributed to telemarketers on a quarterly basis so it could take a few weeks yet for your number to be recognized as off limits.
For cell phone users who see charges on their monthly bill related to telemarketing texts will find this especially helpful.
“Just like telemarketing calls at all hours of the day and night, these text messages are similarly disruptive,’ said Wanggaard in a written statement. “In addition to the added costs that these junk texts may bring, they can open the door to identity theft and other scams.”
According to a story on FOX 6 News, more than twice the number of spam texts were sent in 2011 than in 2009; about 4.5 billion spam texts to be exact.