Protecting Your Business from Artificially Inflated SMS Traffic

As the world becomes increasingly connected, mobile phone users are becoming more vulnerable to various forms of fraud, including artificially inflated SMS traffic (AIT). This type of fraud involves sending large volumes of text messages to mobile phone numbers without the consent or knowledge of the recipients. It can be used for spamming, phishing, or redirecting users to malicious websites and can significantly impact the affected users, mobile network operators, and SMS providers like LEKAB.

As a business, it is crucial to understand the dangers of artificially inflated SMS traffic and take steps to protect your business from this type of fraud. In this blog post, we will discuss the various methods of preventing and detecting artificially inflated SMS traffic, including CAPTCHAs, monitoring for unusual traffic patterns, implementing security protocols, and user education.

What is Artificially Inflated SMS Traffic?

Artificially inflated SMS traffic refers to a type of fraud in which large volumes of text messages are sent to mobile phone numbers without the consent or knowledge of the recipients. This is typically done by using automated systems, such as bots, to send the messages. These messages can be spam, smishing attempts, or attempts to redirect users to malicious websites. Inflated SMS traffic can also be used to exhaust the SMS capacity of a targeted mobile phone number, making it unavailable for legitimate use.

How to prevent and detect artificially inflated SMS traffic

There are several ways to prevent and detect artificially inflated SMS traffic:

  1. Using CAPTCHAs: This is a simple test that can be used to determine whether a user is a human or a bot.

  2. Monitoring for unusual traffic patterns: Mobile network operators and service providers can monitor their networks for unusual traffic patterns

  3. Implementing security protocols: Security protocols like 2-factor authentication and encryption can protect user data and prevent unauthorised access to messaging systems.

  4. Regularly updating anti-virus software: This will protect devices from malware that can be used to artificially inflate SMS traffic.

  5. User education and reporting mechanism: Educating users about the risks of artificially inflated SMS traffic and providing them with a mechanism to report suspicious messages can help to identify and prevent fraud.

Why LEKAB is the best choice for your SMS service

LEKAB strives to offer our clients the best service and security, and our team is constantly monitoring for unusual patterns. Trust LEKAB with your SMS service and keep your business safe from artificially inflated SMS traffic.



LEKAB provides mobile messaging services, messaging APIs and software for advanced messaging and process automation. We offer digital tools and solutions to companies that want to optimise how they communicate and interact with customers and employees on the mobile to improve productivity, availability and the customer experience through mobile channels. Do you want to know more or ask us for advice? Contact Us!

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