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Text messaging spam on cellphones is a growing problem

NEW YORK - Text message spam has started waking Bob Dunnell in the middle of the night, promising cheap mortgages, credit cards, and drugs. Some messages offer gift cards to, say, Walmart, if he clicks on a website and enters his Social Security number.

Once the scourge of e-mail providers and the Postal Service, spammers have infiltrated the last refuge of spam-free communication: cellphones.

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