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How to report an obscene text message on a cell phone

Updated February 21, 2017

Receiving obscene text messages on your mobile phone can be very upsetting and simply annoying at the very least. Unfortunately, on most phones, there is no simple way to block incoming obscene text messages, especially if they are coming from an unknown number. Some carriers will allow you to block incoming text messages by adjusting your plan settings in your online account, and this option is certainly worth investigating. However, if you do not have a carrier that allows you to do this, there are a few steps that you can take to ensure that you not only block the obscene texts, but also properly report them to ensure that the obscene texting does not occur again. It is important to save the obscene text in order to show it to the right authorities.

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  1. Contact your mobile phone carrier. To do this, either call the customer service number or go into your local branch. Explain and report the situation. Inquire about blocking the text messages.

  2. File a police report at your local police department. If you can trace the origin of the text message (either the city or even the person they are coming from), you can also call the police department that has local jurisdiction where the perpitrator is texting from.

  3. Inform your local police department if the obscene text messages continue to be sent to you. The texts that you are receiving could qualify as harassment and further action should be pursued by your local police department.

  4. Tip

    Some carriers can block text messages from certain phone numbers, although this may be ineffective because text messages may be sent from a computer or another mobile phone. Some carriers can also disable texts during a certain time of the day (this is a good option if you only receive the texts at a certain time, for example, after 10pm). A safe option is to disable the text feature on your phone for a few days. If the sender attempts to send anymore obscene texts, they will simply be returned to the sender and the sender will probably stop sending them.


    If the texts you are receiving are threatening or you feel unsafe, immediately contact your police department before you take measures to block the texts.

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About the Author

Rachael Lingerfelt

Rachael Lingerfelt has been writing since 2009 and occasionally publishes in Bozeman Montana's Community Food Co-Op's online newsletter about food and nutritional topics. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Montana State University.

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