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Help Apple cut back on iMessage spam iOS devices

If you havenít yet been hit by iMessage spam, youíre lucky: Itís awful. And itís even worse when you realize that the spammer can know with certainty that the unwanted message really was delivered to you. As first noted by MacStories, Apple recently posted a way to deal with unwanted iMessages in your inbox.

Hereís the skinny.

When an unwanted, spammy iMessage arrives, first take a screenshot. (If you got the iMessage on your iOS device, press the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons at the same time. If you see the spammy iMessage on your Mac, use Command-Shift-3.)

Apple also needs to see the full email address or phone number of the person you received the spammy message from. You can either screenshot that data too, or copy and paste it.

Once you have all those details assembled, compose an email to (If you receive a lot of said spam, like I do, it might be wise to save that address as a contact.)

Attach the screenshot, the details about the sender, and include the date and time you received the message. You wonít see immediate action, but with luck, Apple will pool these reports and eliminate spammers from its iMessage network.

And if all this seems like a lot of work, remember that come iOS 7, youíll be able to block unwanted callers, texters, and iMessage senders yourself.

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Help Apple cut back on iMessage spam
Authored by: pbeyersdorf on Jul 31, '13 10:38:16PM

It's good to have this information, but there really is no reason we should have to jump through these hoops. It seems to me there should be a "mark as spam" button that could send the details to apple directly without us having to grab screenshots, remember the contact address, compose an email, attach a screenshot, look up a phone number and type it in. I appreciate we'll be able to block users in iOS7, but thats not the same as crowdsourcing the tagging of spam so that the spam can be blocked before we get it and blacklist the number that sent it.

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Help Apple cut back on iMessage spam
Authored by: pendragon on Aug 03, '13 04:58:57AM

Pbeyersdorf is right on target. In fact, I (even) think the title of this subject is backwards. We should not need to help Apple cut back on spam, they should be helping us. And that is what pbeyersdorf suggests.

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