Forbidden Categories

Forbidden message categories for SMS/MMS in the US/Canada

High-risk financial servicesPayday loans Short term high-interest loans Third-party loans (e.g., auto, mortgage) Student loans Cryptocurrency“Third-party” means originating from any party other than the one which will service the loan.
Third-party lead generation servicesCompanies that buy, sell, or share consumer information.
Debt collection or forgivenessThird-party debt collection Debt consolidation Debt reduction Credit repair programs“Third-party” means originating from any party other than the one who is owed the debt. For example, a hospital could send messages regarding bills for its own patients, assuming they provided opt-in to receive that messaging.
Third-party debt collectors may send transactional messages that consumers have directly opted in to; however, they cannot use SMS as a channel to collect a debt.
“Get rich quick” schemesDeceptive work-from-home programs Risk investment opportunities Pyramid schemesThis is different from outreach about employment as a result of compliant opt-in practices, messages from brokerages to their members, investment news alerts, or other investment-related messages.
Illegal substances/articlesCannabis (United States) CBD (United States) FireworksCannabis is federally illegal in the United States. Cannabis businesses will not be permitted to use SMS/MMS messaging in the US, regardless of message content.
CBD is federally legal, but is subject to varying legal restrictions across US states, so US carriers do not permit messaging related to CBD.
Fireworks are a regulated product and US and CA carriers do not permit messaging related to fireworks.
Prescription drugsDrugs that require a prescriptionOffers for drugs that cannot be sold over-the-counter in the US/Canada are forbidden.
GamblingCasino apps, Gambling websitesGambling traffic is prohibited in the US and Canada on all number types (Toll Free, Short Code, Long Code).
“S.H.A.F.T.” use casesSex, Hate, Alcohol, Firearms, TobaccoWhile tobacco and alcohol traffic is prohibited on Toll Free, it is allowed on Short Code, or Long Code, as long as proper age gating procedures are in place.
Firearms and vaping-related traffic is prohibited.