I received an MMS messages this afternoon on my iPhone 6. When I opened it, it was clearly a spam text message.

I did not recognize the sender.

I went to the link in the email on a spun up virtual machine and it just went to some Gwen Stefani article.

However, what caught my eye was that the "to" field had several old gmail contacts who I haven't reached out to in some time. (screen shots below) There are 9 email addresses in the "to" field.

Is it possible for someone to compose a text message which then fills in the TO field automatically? I checked with people in the "TO" field and they didn't receive this message.

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This spammer must have acquired these contact numbers from an email account's contacts page belonging to one of the people who received this. Then, they sent a text message to some of the contacts they found. The To field is auto-filled by your phone with all the people who received the text. For instance, if I texted a message to you and some guy (let's call him Joe Smith) the To field would be filled with "To John Ramos and Joe Smith", indicating that any text you send in that group chat will go to the people in said group chat; that's exactly what's going on here.

  • So if I recognize all 9 names on the "to" list, then it was likely my account which was hacked? I reached out to a few of the people on the list and they did not receive any text message though. Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 20:55
  • Hard to know who's account was hacked. You can check haveibeenpwned.com to see if your email and password are printed out in any database. Also just change your password and set up Two-Factor Authentication, to be safe.
    – owlswipe
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 20:57
  • I have 2 step on and changed my password today. Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 20:59
  • @JackMarchetti Perfect. No need to do anything else.
    – owlswipe
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 0:01

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