Friday, June 22, 2018

MegaFon blocks billion scam, spam text messages in 2013

MegaFon announced recently that its spam filtration measures prevented the delivery of approximately one billion illegal text messages last year.

"A detailed analysis of the customer queries has shown that our customers have been receiving a huge amount of messages related to advertising drugs, sexual services, financial schemes and other dubious or outright illegal kinds of texts alongside our regular ads," MegaFon's press service said, Ural Business Consulting reports.

MegaFon further disclosed that it blocks more than 300,000 spam texts each month and has noted a decrease in customer complaints related to the delivery of such messages.

"The proactive stance taken by government institutions that support this idea is crucial to protecting mobile carriers' subscribers from spam texts," the company's press service said, according to Ural Business Consulting.

In the last year, government agencies such as the Russian Communications Ministry, Roskomndazor and the Federal Antimonopoly Service have taken an aggressive approach in legislating against the delivery of unsolicited messages by shutting down illegitimate phone numbers operated on carriers' networks.

"We do hope that the State Duma hears Ruslan Gattarov's draft bill on fighting spam texts very soon," MegaFon Fraud Prevention Director Sergei Khrenov said, Ural Business Consulting reports. "This will help to effectively fight spam that comes from regular phone numbers."