December 01, 2003
Christmas spam from Yahoo

It's Christmas, it's Shopping Season, and to bring on the right spirit, Yahoo is spamming it's former and existing customers. Great move! Not!

I once did the mistake of purchasing a ringtone for my phone from the uk.mobile.yahoo.com site. I know I shouldn't have bothered (as using LogoManager and even free Nokia software can achieve the same and better results), but still - Yahoo keeps penalizing me by sending approximately monthly spam-text messages on my phone. There's no opt-out (and I certainly never opted in).

From +491721489059:

Festive fun every day 'til Xmas! Txt ADVENT to 87077 for Nokia tunes, logos & jokes - 1 per day. Loads more fun at Yahoo! POBox3650W45WQ 25p/day 16+

Not even a particularly readable sender's address (and from a German mobile number?

All weird, and very annoying. You can do better than living off SMS-spam, Yahoo?

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Ouch. I can't stand spam. I'm not sure whether this can help or not, but hopefully if it's a UK site, it might be covered.

You can try registering with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) at:

http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tpsr/html/default.asp

Good luck!

Posted by: alkam on December 1, 2003 10:29 PM

Alkam - thanks for the tip - I've signed up to try to block unwanted SMS messages. Great find.

Posted by: Anders on December 2, 2003 11:05 AM

If you phone the Mobile Update Company on 0800 2986030, they send the messages out for Yahoo.

If you take the first option from the wonderful automated system you can talk to a person and request them not to send stuff out, they will suggest the Telephone Preference Service as well.

Its not perfect, but it might stop the yahoo ones...

Posted by: Chris on December 12, 2003 01:09 PM

For yahoo mobile, just reply to the message and say "NO". This will opt you out of their spam.

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