I just got a desktop notification on my MacBook that seems like spam. This is remarkable because I've never got a notification from anything other than my macOS notification before. I don't use non-OS notifications and don't want them.
Viewing in messages it is a "stock tip" in a foreign language and says:
iMessage with firstname.lastname@example.org
where "xxxxxx" is a placeholder.
A few months ago I'd sent a single iMessage by accident on my iPhone (not my laptop), I'd forgotten to turn it off after getting a new iPhone. I don't want to debate my personal preferences here, but I would like to know if turning off iMessage is the only way to block spam notifications like this. (I will turn of iMessage irregardless)
- I have BlueTooth turned on because of my Apple Watch and my phone is also connected via USB to my laptop for hotspotting.
- The message shows up in Messages on my iPhone as well, but for some reason there was no new message notification that I could see in the phone.
- I do not have iMessages on my laptop (as far as I know)
- iOS 15.3.1 and macOS 10.15.7
- When does Messages message via iMessage vs. SMS?
- How can I ensure or force a message I'm composing to go via SMS on my iPhone 6 in iOS 12?
- Stop my iPhone from receiving screen shots and other images sent via SMS?
- How to report spam that appeared in Messages on iPhone marked "Text Message" & thus sent via carrier (e.g. AT&T) NOT Apple, & NOT from a phone #? "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..."