Apple iPhone users receiving spam on iMessage offering counterfeit goods

Apple iPhone users receiving spam on iMessage offering counterfeit goods
According to security research firm Cloudmark, Apple iPhone users who use iMessage need to be mindful of a spammer who peddles his wares using SMS messages. The new spam is aimed at wealthy iPhone users in New York, L.A., San Diego and Miami, with the intention of getting recipients to purchase counterfeit goods. Phony Oakley sunglasses seem to be at the top of the list.

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.

source: Cloudmark via RedmondPie



1. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011


3. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

This is just a proof that no OS is secured. Just saying.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

How is spam a security breach? If the sender had hacked into the customer accounts at high end retailers and then used that info to send the spam messages, you could argue a breach was involved, but still, I don't see how sending spam is in-and-of-itself a security breach. There was no hacking of iOS in this case, just sending spam iMessages.

5. TheMoltenD

Posts: 109; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

How are the getting the imessage users names?

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"How are the getting the imessage users names?" Every "free" app on every platform makes money by selling data. There's plenty of user names for sale.

13. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

There's no usernames. Just phone numbers and email addresses.

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Text messages from an iOS device to an iOS device are routed as iMessages. The phone number is checked by the iMessage server to see if it is for an iOS device. If the result is true (iOS device), then the message is processed as an iMessage. At least that is how it works in the U.S.

7. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

some web sites selling email accounts from database to another companies. it is not a security issue of ios.

15. steedsofwar unregistered

Just because iMessage is 'open' to spam doesn't make it okay. That's what android has been saying all along. Our OS is open so you can do or install what YOU like. I guess when it's Android, you guys be saying 'INSECURE OS'.

2. wilsong17 unregistered

So much for security? ¿¿

9. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It's not a security issue, it is an issue with scumbags who sell phone number databases. Your insecurity over the insecure nature of your chosen OS is shining like a star...

10. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I got your phone # from your boyfriend..> breach!!!

6. Trolloftheyear

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 16, 2014

It just works.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31004; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So original, how did you come up with that one?

11. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

iMessage is linked to an e-mail address and a phone number. The sender almost more than likely has your e-mail address and just sends an iMessage to it. Nothing to do with Apple or iOS. I've gotten one or two here and there, no big deal though. Good article for some to try and troll on though.

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