The past three years, however, have brought a proliferation of cheap, prepaid cellphone plans with unlimited text messaging. In 2009, Americans received some 2.2 billion text messages that they identified as spam, by the estimate of Richi Jennings, an independent market analyst. But even that figure doesn’t capture the biggest boom, which has come in just the past few months, according to Cloudmark, a San Francisco-based firm that provides messaging security for major wireless carriers. But that method was easily stymied, because wireless companies can separately track and filter such messages.Omegle is a free website that allows anyone who visits it to chat with strangers.A simple click of the mouse takes users to a virtual chat room where they are paired up with another random user waiting to chat.You can webcam chat with anonymous people from all over the world.
All you need is a webcam and you’ll instantly get to video chat with strangers online.Two years ago, I got a text message from a number with a Las Vegas area code. Spammers’ lists of numbers have been multiplying as they shift their focus from email to mobile phones to take advantage of cellphone companies’ weaker spam filters. “Now, I’d say most people have been exposed to it themselves.” If you haven’t, you will be soon. ” “You have 1 unread message from your secret crush! I ignored some, replied “STOP” to others, and even tried calling back in the vain hope of confronting my tormentors. I’ve long known not to click the links in spam emails, but 10 years of spam-free cellphone ownership had lulled me into complacency when it came to texts. Every buzz meant another text message charge on my bill. As I belatedly realized, a reply of any kind confirms to cellphone spammers that they’ve reached a working number—which they can then sell to other spammers.