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Is it illegal now to send messages to just random people to try and get your site more popular?
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  • Profile picture of the author KimboJim
    I think that breaks CAN SPAM laws. I know it's that way with emails. Besides, the traffic wouldn't be any good.
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  • Profile picture of the author imsolutionsgroup
    If you're referring to sending messages by phone (sms) without permission...yes, it's always been illegal here in the USA.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
    Originally Posted by ViralMediaBoost View Post

    Is it illegal now to send messages to just random people to try and get your site more popular?
    In the US that has been illegal for a while if you mean texts to random people. And emails & calls have to follow rules as well but in many cases they are illegal as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    It might depend on how you got the number.

    I think it could be argued that if someone is making their mobile phone number publicly available or even promoting it (e.g. on the front door of their business, on their website, in media advertising...etc) that they are inviting people to call (or text?) you with matters relating to their business. If your text relates to their business (e.g. website services) it might be deemed fair game.

    In fact, that might even be a good idea.
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    • Profile picture of the author imsolutionsgroup
      Originally Posted by Mr Bill View Post

      It might depend on how you got the number.

      I think it could be argued that if someone is making their mobile phone number publicly available or even promoting it (e.g. on the front door of their business, on their website, in media advertising...etc) that they are inviting people to call (or text?) you with matters relating to their business. If your text relates to their business (e.g. website services) it might be deemed fair game.

      In fact, that might even be a good idea.
      Calling, yes you can call the business if the number is public information. (but not from an auto-dialer)

      Sending and SMS, no just because the phone number is public information does not give you the right to spam them with SMS messages.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
        Originally Posted by imsolutionsgroup View Post

        Calling, yes you can call the business if the number is public information. (but not from an auto-dialer)

        Sending and SMS, no just because the phone number is public information does not give you the right to spam them with SMS messages.
        Pretty sure I didn't suggest it was ok to spam anyone. But sending them a relevant business message I can't see that being a problem. I think this is a storm in a tea cup.
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  • Profile picture of the author PNVMike
    HI

    I am not from the states but from what i read here do i need permission to text someone? so prior texting i need to call and ask for permision?
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  • Profile picture of the author natebunger
    It should be illegal. It’s not right to send people random messages just so you can gain traffic or more clients for your business. There are also some cases that the spam messages contain bad news that will alarm the receiver and check the website just to find out that its spam.

    This should be stopped not unless the spam messages are relevant and accepted by the receiver.

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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    No ifs ands or buts eh?

    So if I sent an SMS to a business asking if I could contact them about helping with their website that would be illegal? I seriously doubt it.
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  • Profile picture of the author slickbear
    Hi Guys,

    Any form of SMS that is unsolicited (i.e. they didnt opt in) is illegal. At one point you could send the first SMS as an opt in message and then if they replied yes you could continue, but this also got abused and spammed to death. The biggest problem is you can get huge fines by the carriers, they fine the SMS providers and they fine you.

    "Bulk Email" is far simpler to avoid the legal stuff but SMS ...not so easy
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