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A spam may refer to an irrelevant/unsolicited messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients, or a message being sent over and over again to the same person. This tag should be use with question referring to any kind of spam or issue with the spam/junk folder.

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Clicked on a "bad link" in an email: do I need to worry about malware/virus getting into my iPhone?

First, I feel kind of dumb -- I know never to click on questionable links. But a friend* sent me an email message to my iPhone 11 (iOS 17.4.1) with a link to a website with a picture of them. They'...
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Sending some links through email fail to go through to recipient

I noticed that sending certain links through email do not get received by the recipient. I tried to narrow down the issue, and it seems to be on the Apple side. This does not happen with every link I ...
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How to stop receiving spam emails from Apple?

Over the last couple of weeks, I have received several spam emails from Apple trying to get me to sign up for Apple Arcade or Apple Fitness+. It's very disheartening but not at all surprising that a ...
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Apple Mail sometimes not showing content of e-mail

I'm using Apple Mail 16.0 (3696.120.41.1.1) on a MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017) with macOS Monterey 12.6.2 (21G320). I don't know when it started but there's a problem I have since some months: Sometimes ...
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Does marking e-mails as spam help other Mac users?

Sometimes there's a spam e-mail in my inbox. I just have to click the spam button and the e-mail will get moved to the Junk folder. Some emails even land in the Junk folder automatically. I assume ...
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Filter email in Apple Mail by a phrase in the full headers

Someone has been sending me spam by spoofing my email address as the sender in order to get through the spam filter. I've searched through the detailed headers and found a URL that all the spam seems ...
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Applescript search and delete specific Mac Text Messages

Hackers have daily targeted my Mac Messages app. I get a dozen or so messages daily from similar but slightly differing handles. For example: All of the handles using an email address has ...
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How can I make sure my iPhone blocks SMS spam when I ask it to?

I have an iPhone SE 2 (iOS 15.5). I keep getting obviously spam texts from the same sender; they look like this: As can be seen, the sender is clearly obvious - FreeStuff. They appear to be ...
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Why does spam go to the Known Senders group in Messages?

I've read many posts on this, here and on other forums — everyone says "just mark it as spam and block them". But that's never an answer to 'how are the spam messages able to get into my ...
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macOS Mail has started to delete incoming mail unexpectedly

I have started noticing that email comes into Mail that gets nearly immediately deleted. I notice it either by the system level notification, or looking at the mailbox I see that it comes in. Then in ...
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How to make Apple Watch Stop SMS/Message Notifications from Unknown Senders?

I receive a lot of SMS/Message Scams (perhaps 3 or 4 per day). I assume it's related to something like the flubot virus. I like turning the option under settings - notifications messages - customize ...
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How to block callers starting from a certain number? [duplicate]

Recently I got spam calls starting from a certain number, like 02072******. Is it possible for me to block all callers starting from 02072?
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Block contact by NAME and not by number?

A while back I decided to save a robocaller to my contacts under the name "I is Scam". The interesting thing is I repeatedly get calls from the same exact contact, despite it showing up with ...
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very specific emails stopped arriving to my me.com address

I have had an account with a specific financial institution for several years now. The email on file is a me.com address. Any time I wish to do a financial transaction through their online service, ...
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How can I tell how long a missed call attempted to ring for?

Sometimes autodialers call many numbers at the same time and direct the person (often a scammer or marketer) on the other end to whoever answers first. For this reason, I sometimes get missed calls ...
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Gmail MSGS sent as text MSGS

I’m receiving texts to my phone that are from a gmail email account and not from a phone number. Any ideas on how to block them or how to move the into the spam folder? The Gmail email addresses are ...
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Why is Apple Mail loading remote content in Spam Messages?

For a while now, likely including and pre-Big Sur, whenever I actually go through my Spam box message-by-message, when I click on one message is initially loads with the spam bar, the off yellow bar ...
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Avoiding Spam attribution for video alarm notification in Mail.app

I had been searching for years to avoid my own camera video alarm to be placed into spam by my Mail spam filter. I finally understand the problem and have found a solution so I share it here. The ...
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Why doesn't SMS spam go to the Unknown Senders tab on iPhone Messages?

On iPhone Messages, SMS text messages come through from political groups and all kinds of other nonsense. These are not phone numbers I interact with. Some of them are short codes? Why don't they ...
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How do I prevent spam from appearing in Messages on iOS?

The Messages app on iOS has a feature that seems intended to prevent spam messages from appearing in the list of messages I see by default: choosing to filter on "Known" senders only. I'd ...
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How to use Shortcuts to block the caller of spam text?

It's an election year, so I'm getting a ton of spam messages. If I don't block the number, I get even more. When a message appears, it takes 13 steps to block the caller and delete the message. (...
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Is there a way to exclude certain sites from search results in Safari?

I would like to make sure that junk websites (like SparkNotes when I search for Shakespeare info, or Pinterest when I search for images) don't appear in my search results in Google or any search ...
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How do I change the Junk folder on the iPhone?

My mail provider puts spam into a folder called "Spam". On my Mac, I've configured Mac Mail to use this folder when I use the "Move to Junk" action. But if I try the same from the iPhone, it creates ...
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Junk/spam folder only visible after having opened settings in Mail.app

In the default mail app for some reason my junk folders are only visible after I open the preferences menu. The junk folder then stays visible for as long as the app is running, even after closing the ...
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My Mac is sending spam emails

I do not think this is mere spoofing, and I do not think it's exactly like Receiving spam from myself Here is a diff of a test email I sent to myself(on the left), and the spam email(on the right). ...
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How do I block SMS text spam?

I open my Mac's message app (I also get the text on my iPhone, iPad, & Apple Watch), and wish to add this caller to my "blocked" contact, but don't see how to do this. Some of my SMS text spam ...
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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 #?

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 ...
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Opened a zip file in a spam email which created a folder in the /net folder

I accidentally opened a zip file from a spam email. There is a text file in the zip file which I have also clicked to view. Later, I checked that this file has the following content: /net/us.e-fax....
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AppleScript to clean spam in Messages

I get a lot of spam in my iMessage, such gamble, sex etc. On my iPhone, it can be filtered into a separate column. But on my Mac, there is no way to filter messages from unknown senders, which is ...
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Names removed from Mac Mail VIP list are sent to Junk

I do not use the VIP list in my Mac Mail (Version 12.2). It's just not how I organize my mail — not how I roll. And yet somehow, I accidentally added my wife to the VIP list. It was very easy to ...
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Why is my long-standing client's e-mail marked as Spam (and removed) but not Junk? How can I stop this?

In the last week, my client's emails have become lost, and finally found in the Apple Spam folder. What is Spam? Is it a flag coming from my ISP? I don't see any spam settings in Mail Prefs, and don't ...
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Spam on iMessage - What are my options?

A person unknown to me got hold of my Apple ID (email) which is registered with iMessage. While as I understand, there should be no harm in some stranger having access to my email address (apart from ...
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Gmail Spam/Phishy classification not recognized by mail.app

I am running into an undesired scenario where incoming mail on gmail web interface is properly categorized as spam/phishing, however if the user employs any mail client (ie mail.app, outlook) - the ...
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Getting spam on my Apple email from just one company

I have an email address that I only use for official communication with the Apple Corporation. I have no phone and have only used this address when registering my iPad and the payment mechanism for ...
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Spam sent from my email address

A relative told me that he received an email from me this morning, that arrived in his spam folder. He opened it and apparently there was some porn related things inside. Obviously, I didn't send this ...
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How can I disable sound for incoming calls but NOT for notifications?

I don't know why but a lot of spammers have my phone number and I'm getting called every day. I can't block their phone numbers because they use a new one every day. However, I use my phone with Slack ...
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How to block a range or list of phone numbers [duplicate]

I get spam calls that begin with the same 6 digits as my own number. It's always a different number so I cant individually block them. Is there a way to block a whole list or a range of numbers? The ...
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How do I stop email addresses from spam autocompleting in Apple Mail?

Every single time I open an email to address to my mom, I see this, and absolutely nothing I've tried will get rid of it: This is absolutely ridiculous. I don't want to see porn spam in my auto ...
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Phishing Mail AppleID

I got the following phishing email from “Apple”: Your ApрIe ID ( xxx ) was used to sign in to other device. Date and Time: 16 August 2017, 04:28 PM (GMT+10) Operating System: Linux If you ...
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iPhone 7 Plus, Access to Messages

I have a new iPhone 7 plus, purchased last week on my personal Verizon account. I have dialed and received calls and messages from only 1 phone number. I do not have an Apple ID or email or anything ...
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How can a spammer create an email that can't be deleted on an ipad mail app from an imap server?

My mum received a piece of spam, that could not be deleted or moved on her iPad using the mail app. It was only removed after deleting the account within the mail app, and recreating it. Question: Is ...
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How to efficiently mark mail as spam before reviewing it in Mac OS X Mail.app?

If my ISP marks an email as spam, and moves it to the spam folder before the Mac OS X Mail.app sees it, Mail.app does not mark these emails as spam. This wouldn’t be too bad if there was a way for me ...
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Can I block entire area codes from my iPhone? [duplicate]

I get 4-5 telemarketer calls each day. Each time they call, it is from a completely different phone number. Including different area codes. I've performed all of the usual procedures to combat this....
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Contact card spam

I'm getting contact cards in my Contacts.app that have the Apple logo, a name like "Apple inc." Or "Expedia" and then hundreds of emails listed under that contact. I suspect this is someone trying to ...
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iPad mini virus? iOS 10.1 what to do?

I was browsing the internet when the app store opened by itself, though the back button was greyed out and no apps were showing on that screen. I was unable to click out of it for maybe 1-2 seconds. I ...
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Suspicious Calendar Events, Spam Phone Calls, and Outgoing Messages—Has my iPhone been hacked?

Has my iPhone been hacked? Part I: The FaceTime Call Yesterday evening, after turning on Do Not Disturb mode for the night, my phone begin to ring (an incoming FaceTime call) with a ringtone I have ...
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How to block senders in Messages app on Mac OS X? How to mark as spam?

Getting many junk texts during election season. Messages come to both my iPhone and MacBook Pro (connected via my iCloud account). I'm not seeing any way to mark messages as spam, nor to block ...
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How are these Chinese spam iCloud Calendar/Reminders invitations sent to me? [duplicate]

Recently, I’ve received a couple of spam event invitations in Calendar on my Mac. The most recent had only Chinese text, and recurred at 5:46am every day. I am able to decline these by clicking on ...
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Spam iCloud Calendar Invitations

Today I've suddenly received spam calendar invitation for $19.99 Ray Ban sunglasses (never subscribed, checked, searched or visited any related site, so clearly spam) and it has other visible email ...
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Spam from NY Times & WSJ top stories notifications on iPhone

A while ago, my wife and I started seeing news story alerts on our iPhones on the lock screen. We didn't think much about it. But now these notifications are spaming us daily with garbage news ...
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