Stop SMS Scams - make companies register their sender IDs

Stop SMS Scams - make companies register their sender IDs

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RM Tanner started this petition to Optus, Telstra and Vodafone

Australian mobile phone carriers are able to stop you getting SMS scams. But they don't.

In a recent news article, it was revealed that many online tools allow text message identities to be spoofed: https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-03-01/qantas-apple-sms-scams-are-embarrassingly-easy/10854854

Optus, Telstra and Vodafone have the ability to stop you getting these messages by blocking scammers using fake sender IDs. Instead, they currently permit scammers to spoof real business names and phone numbers.

In the above article, the SMS service 46elks is demonstrated as a way that a scammer can send an SMS while pretending to be an official company. But even 46elks offers help with "registering your text sender ID in countries that require pre-registration".

So if Optus, Telstra and Vodafone require legitimate businesses to register their company name as a sender ID, then you can be sure that an SMS from a business name (or government department) is genuine. 

This will prevent Australian mobile phone users from receiving messages from scammers pretending to be legitimate businesses.

So Optus, Telstra and Vodafone, make businesses and government departments register their sending numbers and/or services before you deliver an SMS from their business name.

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