As indispensable as our phones have become, they are also a conduit for some of the most pervasive and persistent scams humanity has ever encountered. About 90% of the phone calls I receive on a weekly basis are spam, as are an increasing percentage of my texts. You’re probably in the same boat, and among the most common text scams is one you are probably all too familiar with: Amazon raffles. Hopefully you were never tricked into thinking that you actually won something from Amazon, but the texts keep coming whether or not you tap on the malicious links.
As frustrated as you might be with the text spam bombardment you’ve been receiving, it turns out that Amazon is just as fed up. This week, the online retailer announced that it filed a federal lawsuit in the Western District of Washington against 50 unnamed individuals for the operation of an illegal advertising scheme.
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Amazon describes how the text message advertising scheme works in a press release regarding the lawsuit:
Bad actors in these schemes profit by creating fraudulent text message campaigns that drive traffic to advertisers and websites. These…