Barry_Duffman
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Block Scam SMS - Flubot

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I'm getting these texts daily. 

Why can't Telstra block them?

They'd be so easy to identify:

1) contains a link

2) contains the word "voicemail" or "package"

3) new number/ previously inactive

4) sends a million messages

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Jupiter
Level 25: The Singularity
Level 25: The Singularity
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Re: Block Scam SMS - Flubot

OK. Let's look at it

1) a lot of messages contain links

2) a lot of messages contain those words

3) numbers are fake and in a lot of cases relate to real services

4) yep, millions of messages are sent each day by many services, and the bot messages most likely come from multiple gateways which reduce their load from a single source

 

It's nowhere as easy as you seem to think. Using the criteria that you have outlined, you would block as many legitimate messages as scam messages.

 

Plus, most of those messages are being blocked. If you receive one, report it and give them a hand in eliminating them.

REPORT MISUSE OF SERVICE (telstra.com.au)

Never be afraid to back yourself when trying new things, just always make sure you have 3 escape routes if things go wrong.

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Jupiter
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Re: Block Scam SMS - Flubot

OK. Let's look at it

1) a lot of messages contain links

2) a lot of messages contain those words

3) numbers are fake and in a lot of cases relate to real services

4) yep, millions of messages are sent each day by many services, and the bot messages most likely come from multiple gateways which reduce their load from a single source

 

It's nowhere as easy as you seem to think. Using the criteria that you have outlined, you would block as many legitimate messages as scam messages.

 

Plus, most of those messages are being blocked. If you receive one, report it and give them a hand in eliminating them.

REPORT MISUSE OF SERVICE (telstra.com.au)

Never be afraid to back yourself when trying new things, just always make sure you have 3 escape routes if things go wrong.

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Dowser
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Level 22: Superhuman

Re: Block Scam SMS - Flubot

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