How To Deal With 949 Area Code Spam Text

Just like robocalls and spam email, spam text messages are not only annoying but also potentially dangerous. Scammers often hide behind fake numbers to trick you into revealing your personal information. There are a lot of people who complain about getting spam text from 949 numbers. If you are not sure whether the message you received is a scam, or if you want to get back at scammers, read on! 

Robotexts and How They Work

Robotexts can be used for marketing purposes—they can be irritating, but they are usually harmless. What you should be cautious about are malicious spam texts sent by scammers. Scammers use phishing or smishing methods to lure you into giving them your personal details. Some spam text messages might be sent from numbers that look familiar to you—like 949 or 720—so that you don’t notice anything suspicious right away, while other scammers use email addresses to send spam texts. Either way, they will probably try to extract your Social Security or credit card number. They might also trick you into following a link to install malware on your phone or steal your passwords. You should be wary of these spam texts and learn how to protect yourself. 

How Can I Identify Text Scam?

If you get an unsolicited message from an unknown number, there’s a great chance it’s a scam. Scammers usually mask their identity to make you think you got a message from your bank, some company, or even your family. They might ask you to give them your credit card number or some other sensitive information. You should know that banks and legit companies won’t ask you for your personal details over a text message. 

To recognize scam texts, you should pay attention to whether the message: 

  • Contains a sense of urgency
  • Has typos, poor punctuation, or grammar mistakes
  • Wants you to follow a link 
  • Asks for your bank account details
  • Prompts you to call a number written in the message

Most Common Text Spams

Text spams have been around for a while and they use various methods to trick you. Here are some types of text spams that appear most often:

Type

Characteristics

Delivery service scams

  • Tells you your package has arrived
  • Prompts you to follow a link or call a number to confirm the delivery

Bank scams

  • Tells you your account has been blocked or your online banking has been suspended
  • Asks for your credit card details to solve the problem

Family emergency scam

  • Says a family member is in trouble and needs money
  • Wants you to send money to a bank account

Prize-winning scam

  • Makes you think you won a contest or free flight tickets
  • Lures you into following a link, calling a number, or giving your credit card details

Robotexts—Legal or Not?

Robotexts are legal only if you give the sender your consent to contact you. If you wonder why you are getting text messages from some stores or companies non-stop, think whether you gave them your number. In case you are constantly receiving unexpected messages from an unknown number, those can be considered illegal. 

Spam Text From 949 Area Code

Scammers often use phone numbers that look realistic to con you into answering the phone or replying to the message. There have been many complaints about spam messages with 949 area code. If you get any unsolicited message with this area code, don’t act impulsively—instead, check the number first. To see whether the number has already been reported as spam, you can visit:

  1. EveryCaller
  2. CallerSmart  
  3. 800notes 

The websites above contain lists of numbers that people have reported as spam. You can look for the number sending you suspicious messages and see whether others receive them too. 

949 Area Code Types of Spam

Lots of people reported getting 949 area code messages that say they need to pick up their FedEx or Amazon package. FedEx and Amazon warned their customers about this scam, so think twice when you get a message about package delivery. These are some examples of delivery scam messages: 

  • “Shipped: Your Amazon package with $101 loyalty reward will be delivered Tues, June 22”
  • “Hello, is this ***? We tried to arrange a delivery for you but you weren’t home, please go to j4szv.info/qZfS5W5lvr AS Transport”
  • “We came across a package from July pending for you. Kindly claim ownership and schedule for delivery here…”

Some other types of reported scams are:

  1. Student loan scams
  2. Walmart prize scams
  3. Apple ID scams

Even though the 949 area code might seem unsuspicious to you, take precautions if you get any unexpected messages with this area code.

What Can Scammers Do With My Personal Information?

If scammers get hold of your personal information, the might use it in many malicious ways, including:

  1. Making purchases in your name
  2. Taking money from your bank account
  3. Using it for trade—they may sell your data to other spammers
  4. Stealing your identity

What Should I Do if I Receive a Spam Text Message?

Whenever you receive an unsolicited message, act wisely. Here are some of the things you can do to prevent being scammed:

Dos

Don’ts

Protect your iPhone or Android device by blocking spam text messages

Don’t follow any links in the message—they may contain a virus
Add your number to the National Do Not Call Registry

Don’t call any numbers they give you—you may end up with a huge phone bill

Learn how to report spam to Verizon or T-Mobile

Don’t reveal your credit card or any bank details
Pay attention to grammar, construction, and spelling mistakes 

Don’t respond to the message

If you want to gain more knowledge about how to protect yourself from spam, you can read about group text spam or the CAN-SPAM Act.

Get Even With Spammers With DoNotPay

DoNotPay has created an option that can help you deal with spammers and fight them back. If you have had enough of spam text messages trying to elicit your personal information, get our help to track them down and stop them. 

To get revenge on spammers, do the following when they ask you for your credit card details:

  1. Log in to the DoNotPay app in your web browser or your iOS device
  2. Find the Robo Revenge option
  3. Click on Create Your Card
  4. Let DoNotPay find out who they are when they try to make a transaction
  5. Get compensation

When you create a virtual credit card with DoNotPay, your identity is fully protected. We generate random credit card numbers that look like real ones to spammers. Once their true identity is unveiled, DoNotPay can help you sue them in small claims court.

What Other Options Does DoNotPay Offer?

DoNotPay has awesome options to deal with bureaucracy and make your everyday life easier. 

Open the DoNotPay app in your web browser or your iOS device, and we can help you: