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iMessage Spam, we all get it, and we all think it is annoying. Luckily Apple is tired of it too, and has established a way for iPhone users to report it. iPhone owners can now take a screenshot of unwanted spam, and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must include the full email address or phone number of the spammer, and the date and time that you received the message. It's unknown what Apple plans to do with the information, but hopefully they're planning to do something to slow down the amount of iMessage spam iPhone owners receive.
Apple is also adding the ability to block unwanted callers with iOS 7. Users will be able to add specific contacts to a "Block Contact" list after the new firmware is released. Previously you needed a jailbroken device to block unwanted calls.
UPDATE: There has been a bit of confusion, the email@example.com email is for iMessage spam only. SMS and MMS type messages labeled "Text Message" can be reported to your cellular provider, as noted below.
How to report / block spam text messages to AT&T.
How to report / blco spam text messages to Verizon.
To report unwanted iMessage messages to Apple, please send an email with the following details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Include a screenshot of the message you have received.
Include the full email address or phone number you received the unwanted message from.
Include the date and time that you received the message.
To take a screenshot:
Newest iPhone FAQs
To take a screenshot on your iOS device, press and release the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time. The screenshot is added to your Camera Roll album.
To take a screenshot in OS X, simultaneously press the Command + Shift and the number 3 key on your keyboard. The screenshot is saved to your Desktop folder.
To learn more about taking screenshots in OS X, see article HT5775.
Note: Report unwanted ("spam") SMS and MMS type messages to your cellular provider. Contact your carrier for additional details.
Look in the Messages conversation thread to determine if a message was sent via iMessage. Messages sent via iMessage are labeled as "iMessage" above the message in the text field. SMS and MMS type messages read "Text Message" instead.