Amazingly, 47% of all SMS spam in New York this past May and June was related to this iMessage spam. That is a pretty amazing stat when you consider that only iPhone users are being affected by this particular spam. And since iMessage is free to use, this high volume spammer is drawn to the service.
You can protect yourself by forwarding the spam to Apple the next time you receive it. To do that, forward the message to 7726. You can also block further messages from the same sender by going from Contact > Block this Caller. To prevent yourself from getting ripped off, just remember that if you get a message offering you a deal that seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Apple iPhone users are receiving iMessage spam selling counterfeit goods
1. The spam campaign on iMessage represented 47% of all SMS spam in New York City during the last two months
2. The spam sends you to this website that sells counterfeit goods
3. Block senders from sending you spam
source: Cloudmark via RedmondPie