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Bacchus

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My last name is often mistaken for a Spanish name and recently I've started receiving texts from someone in Spanish. Other than asking them to stop texting me, is there a way I can block them? There is no phone number or other identification indicated by any of the texts so I could block the number.
 

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You can't add an unknown number to your blocked list, but you can filter iMessages from unknown senders, so there'll be a separate list, and you won't receive notifications when a message arrives.
Go to Settings - Messages - Filter Unknown Senders, and enable it.
 
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Okay. Done. Thanks, J.A.

Now, then, where might that separate list show up?
 

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In your Messages app. You'll find "Contacts & SMS" at the left, and "Unknown Senders" at the right.
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Hmmmm. Well, something's wrong then. I enabled it and later I received another text from the same sender but there isn't any second column for unknown senders nor any labeled for contacts & SMS. Just the same old format that I've always had.

We ARE talking about 'messages' where texts to me appear, right?
 

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First you have to go to Settings and Messages and in there turn on Filter Unknown Senders.
Then you will see those options in your Messaging app.
 
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Sorry I just noticed that J. A. already told you to do that.
If you did it it's strange that the options are not showing up.
 
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I agree.

Aha! I just now did a reset and now the two columns are now there. The only problem is that the text from the unknown sender is in the column for Contacts & SMS.

Judging from what the message says, it is telling some guy named Raul that his code for FaceBook is :34)$ etc. I have no dealings with FB so it's not in my contacts....
 

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I don't actually enable the filter as I have never had any messages from unknowns but I wonder if you delete that last message (and any others if there are any) then turn off the filter and wait a couple of minutes and turn it back on maybe further messages from this unknown person will go into Unknown Senders.
Certainly can't hurt to try it.
 

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I agree.

Aha! I just now did a reset and now the two columns are now there. The only problem is that the text from the unknown sender is in the column for Contacts & SMS.

Judging from what the message says, it is telling some guy named Raul that his code for FaceBook is :34)$ etc. I have no dealings with FB so it's not in my contacts....
Looks like you mistakenly received a text message meant for Raul.
 
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Correct. But it's not the first one I've received. And I'd like to block the sender (Facebook, I guess) from sending any more.

To me, there's no bigger PITA than FB....
 
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I don't actually enable the filter as I have never had any messages from unknowns but I wonder if you delete that last message (and any others if there are any) then turn off the filter and wait a couple of minutes and turn it back on maybe further messages from this unknown person will go into Unknown Senders.
Certainly can't hurt to try it.

Okay. I agree - I don't think it can hurt to try it. I'll give it a shot....
 

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