What's more annoying that spam clogging your inbox? Try unwanted text messages on your cell phone that could cost you up to $.20 a message.
It happened to Virginia Doetsch. "The spam text messaging became so invasive," Doetsch says. "I really can't repeat the words, just things that were inappropriate for me to see, for my children to see, for anybody to see really."
This year, Americans will receive an estimated 1.5 billion unwanted cell phone spam messages, twice as much as in 2006.
(SOT) "People don't realize they could unknowingly be inviting spam when they download ringtones, games, and other stuff from vendors they don't know or trust," says Consumer Reports Mike Gikas.
Cell phone users are protected from spam by the Can-Spam Act, which prohibits sending commercial messages to cell phones without "express prior authorization." But Gikas says, the law has a lot of loopholes.