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Spam text-messaging hell


Psst, want a gun? Or an illegal satellite television connection? What about some porn?

It’s all on offer in China, judging by the spam text messages and solicitation calls to mobile telephones in the world’s biggest mobile phone market. Black and gray-market goods have proliferated via free-wheeling texting spam that has become a menace.

Some messages offer increasingly desperate sounding offers for real estate as economic growth pulls back sharply and demand dries up.

But a lot of it is actually quite funny.

More than a few are scams, hoping to snare the gullible in mobile phone-obsessed China.