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For example, between May and July of 2011, Game Theory sent messages claiming the user had a “secret crush,” and the user had to respond “yes” to find the identity of the crush.
That response also signed the user up to a text messaging service to receive dating tips.
Responding to email or television commercials offering services such as joke-of-the-day texts, horoscopes, love advice, and ringtones all have additional fees.
Carefully check phone bill: Are you already being charged for unwanted services?
“As a result of this settlement, Game Theory is out of the texting business for good,” Attorney General Eric T. Being Careful With Mobile Devices Schneiderman had a few tips for staying safe from these kinds of scams.
Never respond to unsolicited text messages: If you don't know who sent it, or if the message is from a service or business you haven't requested messages from, don't respond. Some messages may read, "reply 'STOP' to avoid charges." Ignore them. Remember that these service are packed with hidden fees: Remind family members, especially children, that responding to text messages can incur charges that may be difficult to reverse.
Unlike websites, you can't really block cellphone signals legally.
You can give a general idea about where you work and what you do, but don’t be specific about which office building you’re in. It really depends how comfortable you are with the idea of a stranger having your number (and yes they are a stranger).
Give a general idea about your hangouts, but not details such as “every Tuesday I take a spinning class at X gym on X street”. I personally do not give my number out anymore unless there has been a first date and there is a potential for a second date.
San Jose-Calif.based company Game Theory was accused of “deceptive and fraudulent advertising of its premium text message service” which tricked users into signing up for monthly text messages they didn't ask for, according to a statement from the New York State Attorney General's Office.
Game Theory agreed on a settlement to “reform its business practices and pay 0,000 in penalities,” the Attorney General's office said.
Other variations included “Someone thinks your hot!