How to Report & Block Spam Text Messages on iPhone

Have you ever received a text message that's obviously a spam text? We've already gone over how to block a call on iPhone, as well as how to block telemarketers, scammers, and spammers on iPhone calls, but what if you're getting spoof text messages? There is a way to report spam texts right in the Messages app; when you do this, the content and sender's information is sent to Apple. Once you've made your report, you can block the number that the potential text message scam came from, and never receive a call or message from that number again! Let's get started learning how to report fake text messages on iPhone. 

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Related: How to Block a Phone Number on iPhone: Texts & Calls  

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Report Spam Text

If you receive a text from someone who isn't in your contact list, Apple gives you the opportunity to report it by tapping Report Junk underneath the message. This could just be a new friend or coworker that you haven't added to your Contacts yet, but if it seems like an ad or fishy in any way, be sure not to click on any links in the body of the message; just report it, then block the number.

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Block Spam Text if the Report Junk Option Doesn't Appear

Sometimes companies can gather entire contact lists, including phone numbers, from unsuspecting people who sign up for a free app. I'm guessing that the texts I've been getting, like this one below, must be happening because one of my contacts signed up for the app IRL. Great.

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As you can see above, this spam text arrived in my Contact & SMS inbox, so I don't have the opportunity to report it to Apple. I can, however, block this number straight from the Messages app. To do this: 

  • Open the text message without clicking on any links in the body of the message, then tap on the little arrow to the right of the sender's phone number.
  • Now tap on info.
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  • Now, tap the little arrow next to the phone icon.
  • Tap Block this Caller.
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  • Confirm that you want to block this number, and you won't receive calls or messages from them anymore.
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How to Report Text Scams, Phishing & Robotexts to the FTC

Here's a helpful article from the Federal Trade Commission if you'd like to learn more about text scamming. If you're receiving unwanted commercial texts, you can report the number to the FTC by following this link. If you're getting unsolicited robocalls and texts, click here to report those numbers, as well. 

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.