How do I report spam like this, which appeared in Messages on my iPhone? My carrier is AT&T. As I understand it, we can tell from the screen shot (because of the "Text Message") that my carrier delivered the message via SMS, not over Apple's secure iMessage protocol. Which means this is a very different situation from Spam on iMessage - What are my options?. Screen shot (I think the originator can have whatever email addresses they want appear both above and in the text "Text Message" - they could easily have been, and likely are, forged - the email addresses ending in .ec and .com.)

I've had no success getting cooperation from AT&T. Just stonewalling and deception.  🤬 And the volume is going up.

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    Reporting of SMS spam is carrier-dependent, so you might just consult their FAQ or contact them so see how to proceed here
    – nohillside
    Jul 31, 2019 at 4:54
  • I lengthened the title because it was attracting incorrect answers. Jul 31, 2019 at 4:55
  • I'd take that as an answer. nohillside - well, if AT&T provides an answer. I'll reach out. Jul 31, 2019 at 4:56

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This kind of thing is almost impossible to block because, as you pointed out, the e-mail address is almost always forged. I have hundreds of e-mails blocked on my account. That being said...

How to block someone via the Messages on the iPhone or iPad

  • Launch the Messages app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap the conversation of the person you're trying to block.
  • Tap the info button in the top right corner.
  • Tap the name of the contact.
  • Tap Block Caller. ...
  • Tap Block Contact.

This is courtesy of https://www.imore.com/how-mute-block-and-report-imessage-spam-iphone-and-ipad


How do I stop spam texts AT&T?

To report a spam SMS message received on your iPhone, you can forward the text to the number SPAM (7726). AT&T will reply with a text asking for the phone number of the person who sent the spam text message. Reply with the phone number and that's it.

To block a specific email address

Sign in to your AT&T Mobility account and create a Message Preferences account. Add email addresses to the block list by replying to the spam text with BLOCK in the reply message.

From... https://www.iphonefaq.org/archives/971823

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    Thanks for trying to help. I think your first answer is wrong: As I said, this is NOT iMessage spam - because the text "Text Message" is there. I don't see you providing any reason to think otherwise. Also, blocking isn't reporting. Your second answer appears to wrong too, as the message is not from a phone #, and a report won't be accepted without one. I guess I could block it but again, blocking isn't reporting. Jul 31, 2019 at 4:44
  • Again all of this is really for not because the address is almost always forged to begin with. So it's not a solution that works in the first place. Jul 31, 2019 at 4:49
  • The source IP can't be forged. So a source IP in AT&T logs would show where it's really from. Jul 31, 2019 at 4:53
  • Usually they come from Zombie bot networks so blocking the IP address is complicated. They do have some filtering in place but in order to try to avoid people working around the tools in place they don't talk about it. Aug 1, 2019 at 1:23
  • I just got two messages this week from political groups trying to sway my vote. I never signed up for that shit and its from both parties republicans and democrats they also refer to me by name so apparently my text message number is for sale. It's a shitty world we live in. Aug 1, 2019 at 1:25

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