Estonian Network to Block Inbound SMS from Untrusted Overseas Senders

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Estonian mobile network EMT says that it is to start blocking inbound text messages which originate from servers of foreign operators with whom EMT has no messaging agreement.

The company said that the move, which comes into effect on the 1st May is aimed at cutting down on Spam SMS.

"A lot of unwanted text messages originate from these service providers", noted Lauri Läheb, Head of Services Management and Development Department at EMT. "These messages often contain misleading sender information and/or are sent as part of a fraud scheme (e.g. fake lotto scam) and this has created extensive discontent in our customers (e.g. during recent election campaign)."

If intermediary or their foreign network operator has not made an agreement with mobile operators to whose networks the messages are sent, the intermediary can make a tempting offer for sending the messages, because one party is not paid for the service. Thus, low price makes this channel very attractive for spammers.

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