Spam Text Messages

Unsolicited texts from people you don’t know are at best annoying, and at worst can contain links to malicious websites designed to steal your personal details and, ultimately, defraud you.

Spam texts trying to persuade you to send money or put money in phone numbers claimed to be legitimate in order to win prizes or to help a loved one.

Authentic text messages should include the name and contact details of the sender. You should have given consent for them to be sent, but you may have forgotten, or not have realised.

If you receive a spam text, do not reply or forward it, but report it to your mobile phone provider, by calling customer care (100 for Digicel or 097 for GTT), so they can take early action to block numbers that are generating spam on their networks, and report them to the regulators

Jargon Buster

A Glossary of terms used in this article:


Unsolicited commercial e-mail. Also known as junk e-mail.