Help Apple cut back on iMessage spam

Jul 31, '13 08:15:00AM

Contributed by: LexFriedman

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 imessage.spam@icloud.com. (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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