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Ad-A-Day Company Inc. Complaint - Cell phone text messaging spam

Review by tnchuck100 on 2011-01-13
TAUTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- I received the following text message on my cell phone:

mary, You are invited to One Ad A Day - A FREE Daily Drawing of $500. No purchase required just your approval for 1 text ad a day. Reply "Join" to confirm.

I did not respond to it. The phone number it came from was (533) 688-8719. This appears to be a spoofed number. All of my phones have been on the Do Not Call Registry for many years. I did post a complaint on the Do Not Call Registry site.

This is additional information I found on these jerks:

Ad-A-Day Company Inc.

Exporter
PO Box 950, Taunton, MA 02780, United States
(508)824-8676, http://www.ad-a-day.com

Primary SIC: Commercial Printing, Not Elsewhere Classified, Primary NAICS: Other Commercial Printing
Description: Manufacturing: Calendars printing service; manufactures signs and advertising specialties; paperboard mill; publisher


If you get this spam on your phone use this information to file official complaints.
Comments:12 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-01-13
Posted by MRM on 2011-01-13:
Thanks, Chuck, for alerting your readers.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-01-13:
Good info.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-01-13:
Will do.
Posted by Alain on 2011-01-13:
Thanks for the information. I'll be looking out for this.
Posted by saj80 on 2011-01-13:
Do Not Call registry does not apply to cell phones.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-01-13:
saj80, the do not call registry does include cell phones now.

Chuck, reply to the text with STOP and then call your mobile provider and ask them to put a block on all 3rd party incoming/outgoing messages. This should be a free service.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-01-13:
I have a prepiad phone and it really pisses me of when I get these spam texts and answer them I lose minutes over it
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2011-01-13:
jc, I did not respond to the message at all. I do not want ANY possibility of a response being construed as "since we received a response he accepted our offer".

I did call the cell phone company and requested ALL texting be blocked to my phones. I also put them on notice that I will not pay for any text messages that would be received in the future.
Posted by PepperElf on 2011-01-13:
yeah you can enter in any number - even a skype number - into the DNR.


though it doesn't mean much if they don't give a crap about the list ... you may want to see about blocking certain numbers from calling and reporting it to the FTC.


but... notably I entered my prepaid cell number into the DNC list and i stopped getting the notices about my car warranty (aka the scam).

keep in mind however it can take up to 30 days for the number to be on the list
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2011-01-13:
Pepper, in cases such as this blocking numbers would be totally ineffective. As I pointed out here the number was spoofed anyway. Since they would be random blocking has no point.
Posted by PepperElf on 2011-01-13:
tnc but you can still enter the phone number in to the dnc.

though it's also been a while since i had a normal phone but... i don't suppose you can set it up so that texts from non-contacts have oh... a silent ringer? or are blocked etc?

i mean my "landline" is skype and... well for that I have texts blocked for anyone not on my contact list cos people were still spamming me via the username. ... wasn't sure if that was an option (though in my opinion it should be)
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-01-13:
Chuck, glad you called your provider. Be sure that you requested a block for all 3rd party content specifically too though, providers have specific SOC's they add to your account that blocks these.

I don't blame you for being skeptical about sending STOP back, but if you do some research on these "businesses," you'll see that they are required to send back a message stating you have opted out and/or will no longer receive add'l messages from them. I've gotten a couple of these spam msgs and done this and it works. Plus, I permanently save the text just in case I need proof.

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