If you think you are getting a lot of spam texts and phone calls on your cell phone lately, it's not your imagination.
1200 WOAI news reports that a study by Cloudmark.com reveals that three Texas area codes are in the top ten of the list of the most spammed areas in the country.
The 214 area code is the third most spammed, with Austin's 512 at number seven and San Antonio's 210 at number eight, according to a Cloudmark spokesman.
Cloudmark says spammers are trying to make their pitches be more believable by using 'regionally focused' messages, using local news events to spam unsuspecting victims.
For example, local spammers used the May 25th flooding that hit San Antonio to tailor sales calls and texts which sounded much more believable to local victims because they referenced a local event they were familiar with.
"It's a lot more convincing," said Andrew Conway, a research analyst with the San Francisco based company.
Steve Wernikoff, an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission, says you can fight back.
"Onslaughts of commercial text messages are illegal, regardless of whether you are on a 'do not call' list or now," Wernikoff told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board.
Cloudmark says the 'narrowcasting' of spam messages, right down to using the first name of the cell phone holder in making the pitch, make it a lot easier for spammers to obtain personal and financial information.
Wernikoff says you can use the same cell phone spammers are using to try to rip you off to fight back. He says you can report spam text messages to the FTA web site.
"We use that information to identify spammers and sue them," he said.