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Spammers Attack iPhone Users with Fake Sales Events

During past few weeks, people using Apple's iPhones reported getting invites for fake sale events of items like Ray-Ban Sunglasses costing $19.99 or Ugg boots carrying 50% discount. The invites came devoid of alerts provided within the users' calendars, usually accompanied with noisy announcements about the date and time of the event's start.

Spammers exploited one convenience feature within which iPhone users' iCal application automatically picks up the invites sent to them while places all details about the meetings inside their calendar. Thus, the current wave of invites is really iPhone spam referring to fraudulent missives which promise attractive sales at steep-down prices over one short period. Spammers as well dispatch invitations which get to appear inside users' calendars, transmitting notices about online events and sales. Wbaltv.com posted this, December 4, 2016.

Meanwhile as different from junk or spam folders, there isn't any filtering mechanism that Apple provides to its consumers on their iPhone calendars, implying the calendar cannot distinguish a phony event from an actual one. This problem thus prompted a spokesman for Apple to express regrets for those affected as he spoke to Wall Street Journal.

However as per recommendation from TechCrunch, one fresh and different calendar can be created into which spam events can be filtered. Unsolicited messages can get channeled into this freshly constructed calendar after viewing any invite while opting for destination of the fresh calendar followed with doing the same for rest of the invites that the spammers may dispatch.

For all recipients of likewise deceptive promotions on their Apple smart-phones, it's being cautioned that they should click neither any of "decline," "accept" or "maybe." That's because clicking either will merely indicate to the spammers that they've reached a live account, so the messages must be ignored.

Incase of Photo Sharing, users must disable iCloud synchronizing features such as opening "settings" menu followed with clicking "disable" to turn off iCloud Photo Sharing.

Overall, users are advised against disclosing their debit/credit card information except when on a genuine website. They can also block e-mail ids that come up within their text messages via opting for "block this caller."

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