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‘You Got a Text Message’ Spam Emails

by Brett M. Christensen

My inboxes are currently being hit by emails with the subject line “You Got a Text Message”.

The bodies of the emails contain just one link and nothing else. There is no other content.

But, alas, at least a few recipients will click on the link because they think it will open a text message that someone sent them.

In fact, the link opens a decidedly dodgy website that tries to trick people into buying useless health products. Apparently, even after being tricked into clicking the link in the first place,  some people will stay on the scam site and buy its products.

Another version has the subject line “You Have an Unread Chat Message”. Again, the content of the email is just a single link that opens a spam website.

Spammers know that such simple tricks work and will make them a profit.

Most internet users will recognise these messages as spam. But it is those few gullible recipients who click and then buy who make spamming viable and ensure that our inboxes are continually flooded with garbage.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,