With spam text messages on the rise and scammers increasing utilizing them for elaborate schemes, consumers should know how to report them. Unwanted text messages have increased in recent years, but Americans don’t know there has been a simple-to-use service available to report messages.

Most major carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, each allow consumers to report a message to 7726 (SPAM). By forwarding a message to the 7726 number, future unwanted text messages will be filtered out for users in much the same way that reporting a “phishing” email blocks future emails for Gmail and outlook. There is also no the charge for forwarding such messages. The consumer will not stop receiving unwanted text messages immediately, but it will help cut down on the number of messages received over the long run, as well as cutting them for others.

It is important that consumers know this service exists and they should try to take appropriate actions the next time they receive an unwanted text message.