Firstly, check to see if the mobile number is listed under “List of Singapore SMS Spam Pests” on the left hand side of the blog (we’ll create a page for each one). If it is, do what we suggest below. If it’s not, send us details (Comments).
Why. We’ll list all spam SMSs from spam pests received by us or others. We would like to smack SMS pests in the face, and make them realise that spam SMSs are not a free kick: they carry risk, and the disrespect and invasion of privacy can fly right back at them. The purpose of listing these details here is (1) so that the numbers/details are indexed by internet search engines and will be displayed if someone receives a spam SMS and searches on that number, and they can take action (2) so that this serves as a disincentive for spam pests [they will be made aware of this blog] and potential spam pests.
Adding to the list. If you are reading this and receive a new spam SMS, please write in the Comments with lots of details. If you are reading this and you sent a spam SMS, well, firstly, repent and commit yourself to good works, and secondly, sit back and relax and be prepared to make some new friends. We’ll revise the list in 12 months or so, and maybe we’ll take your number off the blog if you have been on best behaviour. Then again, if you’re an ambulance chasing property agent, run a tuition/tutor agency, or are associated with Herbalife, well maybe not, because we really don’t like you lot …
Show them you care. Do what you like with the spam pest details listed here, but please no abuse or personal threats. You may want to, for example, send them SMSs to tell them what the weather is like, or recite a little poetry, at 11pm on a weeknight, or 6.30am on a balmy Singapore morning, or tell them you are a potential client (and leave the details of another spam pest so they start wasting each other’s time). At the bottom of this page are links to the free web-to-sms services of the three mobile network providers in Singapore. Our main weapon here is the fact that we know their handphone number (almost always, they will try to conceal this because they want their privacy protected while they are splattering spam across the place; these handphone numbers took quite some digging in most cases, so use them). Call them up – let their number ring a few times before hanging up and it won’t cost a cent. But of course sending them an SMS from the web-to-SMS services is free and easy.
Emails also. Email addresses are also useful if you want to send them 4mb attachments … 20 times over, so their little Blackberries go into meltdown. The Singtel annual report for 2009 we think is an underappreciated document, and should be sent to spam pests, many times over. There are other things you can do of course, slightly naughtier, but we can’t condone them (ahem, Craigslist, anyone ? …). Or you could sign them up for sms alerts, like this one for Dengue Fever alerts: http://www.x-dengue.com/. Remember, dengue is a killer.
Free web-to-sms services in Singapore. Easy to use, there are web-based services for Singtel, Starhub and M1. For Singtel you need to create a free account first. These services will provide you with anonymity and allow you to send spam pests LOTS of free SMSs to let them know you are thinking of them. If you have a few minutes to kill – go for it. No abuse or threats please. By all means point the spam pests towards this blog. What is REALLY FUN is leaving a spam pest a message to call you back … and then give them the handphone number of another spam pest. It’s a bit like watching a dog chase its tail, only far more rewarding.
You need to know what network the mobile phone number belongs to for the following three web-to-sms services, so you can use the appropriate one.