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In India, we often receive SMSs which do not actually have a number, but instead, have a name like 'VK-AMSWAN'. SMS blockers like Truecaller don't have any facility to recognise such senders, and keep asking for a number to block.

How do I block such senders? I cannot blanket block all unknown SMSs because even banking information comes from such named senders.

Edit: When using third party SMS apps like chomp SMS, there is an option to show contact number below contact name. Guess what it shows for the spam?

VK-AMSWAN (name)

VKAMSWAN (where the number shows up for other contacts)

-_-

Edit 2: Thank you so much for your suggestions, guys. :) But it seems SMS blocking isn't as well developed as call blocking is. Truecaller actually rejects spam calls without you ever knowing about them. No SMS blocker I've seen has this facility so far. All they do is receive the messages and hide them. If someone can locate a method to fully block spam SMS, please do tell. :)

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    Use DND(Do-Not-Disurb) services of your service provider instead. It will block unwnated sms messages. – Lucky Jul 15 '15 at 11:10
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    I think there is no other way. Try activating DND (Do Not Disturb) from your mobile carrier – samnaction Jul 15 '15 at 11:11
  • Already using it. Problem is, the national DND registry can only block those services which are already registered. What about those that aren't? – user116947 Jul 15 '15 at 11:13
  • did u try clicking the call button ? I do notice they having a seven digit number – Sam Jul 15 '15 at 11:29
  • Don't see the call button anywhere. Even if it was, how would you call a number that isn't really a number? – user116947 Jul 15 '15 at 14:18
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Since you told DND doesn't block these kind of messages, you can use Textra SMS from the Play Store and select the message that you received and select the Blacklist message option to stop receiving the SMS.

If you still want those messages to be received but not to get a notification you can select the Crossed Bell icon at the top to not notify on receiving the message so that it is stored into your inbox for future use but will not be notified to you.

Update:

Using textra I found another feature to find out the number of those LM-* ,TM-* , VK-* series kinda SMS messages. Open Textra and swipe the message to left to reveal the call feature. Double tap the call button and it calls the number. So now you've got the number and this way you can block those numbers from receving those text messages. I tried that and showed the numbers to me for every message in my inbox with XX-* sms messages. ;)

  • I was looking for a more generic solution present in Android itself, but that seems to be the only way now. Sigh. MANI's answer says Truemessenger can use keywords to block, so I think that must be the most general solution available for now. Android should provide blocking features in the OS itself. – user116947 Jul 15 '15 at 23:04
  • @Andy356 I see. Check my updated answer too. It might be helpful to reveal those unknown senders number incase for blocking. ;) – Lucky Jul 16 '15 at 6:56
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    Did you know that in SMS spec the actual phone number is not mandatory and it is only informative, one could actually send SMS without any numbers revealed to receiver. Even while gateway only requires receiver number it is not required to forward it. And when it comes to sender gateway wont do anything with that. How do I know? As I've developed sw interfaces for those services... – Sampo Sarrala Jul 17 '15 at 1:05
  • Tried the 'calling through Textra' option. What it does is just convert the letters to numbers through some unknown operation. Checked it thoroughly. The number of digits are always equal to the number of letters.The numbers never exist. So tough luck for me. :( – user116947 Jul 18 '15 at 11:24
  • @SampoSarrala That is the problem here. A lot (A HUGE MANY) services in India use this ability to send spam SMS to people, without them ever being able to contact back, or block, because blocking requires a number. – user116947 Jul 18 '15 at 12:28
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DND is the only way and I know that it won't work for some SMSs like you said. So I'd like to suggest an app which filters SMSs in the way you want.
TrueMessenger is the new messaging app from the same publisher who developed TrueCaller app (which is pretty famous). It filters messages with the help of KEYWORDS (user defined) and blocks all spam messages. This is a temporary solution of course but is helpful.

  • Hey! Coldplay is my favourite band too! And Linkin Park is just classic. :D The block by name feature is pretty nifty. The other two options are present in Truecaller. If they put this feature into that app then that would mean one unnecessary app removed. :( But yes, for most purposes, this is enough. Thank you. :) +1 – user116947 Jul 15 '15 at 23:54
  • So it turns out, Trumessenger doesn't really block the SMS at the source. It just hides them, while hangouts keeps receiving them as always. XD – user116947 Jul 17 '15 at 20:11
  • I never tried it because I get only like 2 or 3 spam messages in a month. So that's not a problem at all. But I'm happy I helped you. – MANI Jul 18 '15 at 2:31
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If you're using the Hangouts app, open the conversation that the sender has sent. Once in it, select the Menu button (3 vertical dots in top right) and select People & options. On this screen, you should see the option to Block VK-AMSWAN (or whatever the sender's name is).

This article has a more detailed description of these steps with screenshots.

  • Yes, using Hangouts. Already tried that, but it only mutes notifications from that sender. :( Similar to the Crossed Bell feature in Textra that Lucky's answer is talking about. – user116947 Jul 15 '15 at 22:56
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Try SMS Organizer This app can auto-delete messages based on senders phone numer/contact name or even based on keywords in the message text.

The app lets you set 'rules'to match which numbers to delete. For example, you can set a rule to auto delete any message when the sender's phone number/contact name contains a certain sequence.

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