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Stop Scam Text Messages

How to stop scam text messages

08 Jun 2020
Joseph

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amaysim's tech geek

One of the most common ways scammers try to gain access to our personal information is through text message scams. That leaves a lot of us wondering how to stop spam text messages and block unwanted numbers from contacting you.

Phone call scams have historically been a popular way for scammers to try and access your personal information and in extreme cases seek identity theft, however in recent years, texting scams have been on the rise big time, making it more important than ever to become self-aware of the types of scams taking place so you can protect yourself.

Why am I getting spam text messages?

Unfortunately, your misery is someone else’s gain. The most common way that phishing text scammers get your phone number is when they buy the data off another source. Any time you input your phone number into a website or sign up to a new service, there’s a chance that the website may share your information with another vendor.

Once theft scam companies have your personal information, they hope to trick you into giving them more account information. Bank details are normally what they’re after, but any financial information or logins are valuable and could help them hurt you in the future.

Never reply to dodgy looking spam texts or sms call to actions. Even if you think you have a funny retort that will annoy the person on the other end. The fact is that on the other end is a computer running a program and if you respond to the message, that confirms for them that your number is a real and viable number, and they’ll probably contact you again.

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How to block spam texts?

The methods of how to block spam texts on iPhone and how to block spam texts on Android phones vary slightly.

How to block text messages on iPhone
  • Open the message from the number you want to block
  • Tap the circle at the top of your screen, then tap the ‘Info’ button
  • This will bring up the information your phone has on the number. From there, tap on the arrow > in the top right, which will take you to a new page
  • At the bottom of this page, you will see the option to “Block this Caller”, press it
  • A message will appear stating what happens by blocking the number, go ahead and press ‘Block Contact’
How to block text messages on Android
  • Open your messages and tap on the three dots ⁝ menu icon.
  • Select the “blocked contacts” option
  • Select “Add a number”
  • Add the number you would like to add to your blocked contacts list

These methods work for any contact, so if you’re ever wondering how to block text messages on iPhone or Android in the future, just repeat these steps.

Why is it important to report spam numbers?

Blocking a number may stop you from receiving more messages from them, but it won’t stop them from messaging other people.

Since no one enjoys receiving unsolicited text messages from random numbers, reporting these numbers can stop them from contacting other people. Blocking a number doesn’t stop the people on the other end from operating. They’ll eventually switch to another number and probably try to contact you again. If you report spam SMS messages, that may cause an investigation and put a stop to the scammers.

How to report spam SMS messages?

Contact services like Scamwatch, which is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) also covers text message scams. Government-run services will record the information and be able to use it to protect all Australians.

Visit their website to report a scam.

Why am I getting COVID-19 scam messages?

Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to try to harm people.

The coronavirus texting scams vary from fake Medicare messages promising benefits related to the pandemic, to fake government relief payment packages. These unsolicited text messages are becoming very smart and will sometimes look legit.

Always check with the appropriate sources before clicking any links or responding to messages or voicemails. If you have the slightest suspicion it could be a phishing scam, block the number to help keep yourself safe.

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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.


Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.

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