Security research firm Cloudmark alerts Apple iPhone users of a new approach being employed by spammers who previously used SMS to peddle their spam. The new spam is targeted at wealthy iPhone users in the cities of New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Miami and is trying to get recipients to buy counterfeit goods. Fake Oakley sunglasses seem to be one such example of these con artists.
As far as Apple’s recommendations go, you should ignore anything like this that lands on your iOS device. Deals that seem too good to be true should be ringing alarm bells even at the best times, but unsolicited iMessages really should have your Spidey senses tingling big-time.
Shockingly, a massive 47% of all SMS spam in New York City was related to this iMessage campaign. That is a pretty amazing stat when you consider that only iPhone users are targeted by this particular spam.
With the cost of SMS being prohibitive to some spammers and iMessage is free to use, this high volume spammer is drawn to the service.
So if you’re a victim of annoying business spam via iMessage, you can protect yourself by reporting it to Apple by forwarding the same message to 7726. You can also add the sender to your block list by tapping on contact->i->Block this Caller right from the messaging thread in Messages app.
Via : Cloudmark