Spam messages are a common nuisance in e-mail, but it can hit cell customers in the wallet as most plans charges for every text message sent or received. That's become a growing concern, after national research showed one out of every six cell phone users are getting spammed by advertisers and other businesses.

Glen Loyd of Wisconsin Consumer Protection says there is a way cell phone users can protect themselves. Those include keeping your number private, calling your cell phone carrier to demand a refund for unwanted messages, and applying filters to a cell phone.

Loyd says the national no call registry also provides added protection against cell phone spam. Sending unsolicited text messages is illegal, and if you get any you can report them to the FCC. 

AUDIO: Rick Schuh reports (MP3 :46)

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