Unsolicited spam text communications, including iMessages and SMS messages from unknown email addresses, may arrive from time to time. These messages are almost always advertisements.
They may request that you click a link to collect your gift card or update your online banking or Apple ID password. They can also be a little inappropriate at times. They’re all spam and false, of course.
Legitimate companies don’t use unsolicited text texts as their principal mode of communication. Spammers send these messages using carriers’ email as a text gateway. An example of a recent spam mail is shown below:
The messages are sent from an email address rather than a phone number in this case. First and foremost, know that you are not alone.
This is a widespread and alarming issue that affects many iPhone owners. The bad news is that these spam texts aren’t going away anytime soon, but the good news is that you can take steps to block them so that you receive fewer messages like this.
Many people may worry if they might be Block Spam Messages because they don’t originate from a phone number but rather from an unknown email address. I’ll describe what you can accomplish in this article.
Block the email message sender
Spam communications from email addresses can be simply blocked. You will not get any more messages from the sender after blocking. Here’s how to do it:
- Messages are open.
- Take a look at the text message.
- At the top of the discussion, tap the email address.
- The information button should be pressed.
Block this Caller by tapping it.
If necessary, navigate to Settings > Messages > Prohibited Contacts to see all of the blocked emails that send you spam.
Adjust iPhone spam filters
Message Filtering is a Message setting on your iPhone. Here’s how you can activate it:
- Tap Messages in the Settings menu.
- Turn on Filter Unknown Senders in the Message Filtering section.
This setting will not prohibit spam text messages, but it will send texts from unknown senders to a separate folder. Open Filters in Messages to see this and other folders:
- Open the Messages app on your phone.
- In the upper left corner, tap Filters.
- Unknown Senders should be selected.
What you can do to receive fewer email text message spam
- If you get a message with a link in it (spam generally does), don’t click or tap on it.
- Please don’t respond. Businesses must cease texting you if you reply “stop” to unwanted text messages, according to the law. Businesses that do not follow this guideline are subject to severe penalties.
- Spammers, on the other hand, are the only ones who worry about the law. As a result, it is advisable not to respond to spam. When you respond, the scammer will realize you’re a genuine person, and you’ll likely receive even more spam.
- If they discover that you are a real person, your phone number will almost certainly be sold to other spammers, who would then spam you as well. Even if you ban the sender, responding to an email will result in more spam from various sources.
- Give away your phone number or iMessage email address with caution. Do not, for example, enter your email address anywhere on the internet. Instead, you can use burner email accounts.
- As previously said, block the sender.
- As described above, adjust the filters on your iPhone.
- Please report any spam you receive. You can report it to the following places:
Notify your service provider. Simply send any spam texts you receive to 7726. (which spells SPAM). You have the option of reporting SMS text messages that you receive.
- It should be reported to the government. See https://www.usa.gov/stop-scams-frauds for more information.
- Apple should be notified. Apple can be contacted about iMessage spam. See https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204759 for more information.