Ever wondered why your mobile provider ‘subscribes’ you to a shortcode service without your consent, and then bill you for it every week, every month?
You fell victim to a dirty and corrupt trap they set for Nigerians while the NCC looks on.
Notice that when you receive those SMSs they ask you to test STOP to unsubscribe? Well, if you know what is good for you, just ignore the message, delete it and text neither STOP nor START.
Shortcode messages are interactive. When you text a response, usually with a keyword, the software at the provider end is meant to interpret, deduct money from your account, perform an action and send you feedback.
That’s the theory. But that is not what seems to be happening in some Nigerian mobile networks.
Here’s my conjecture. It should not happen this way… but until someone proves me wrong, I think some mobile operators (deliberately?) ignore your response type, and deduct money from your account, as soon as they get ANY response from you.
So, until we can either get the Nigerian Communications Commission to wake up to its responsibilities and put a check on dishonest mobile operators, or until we have a quorum for a Class Action suit, my advise is: JUST DELETE THAT SMS.