13 Replies Latest reply: Dec 10, 2014 12:56 PM by deggie
Romo1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have had my 4S for about a year now.  About once a month ( but 3 times just this week) I get a email dated  12/31/69.  This email has no sender, no subject, and no content. I can not open it, nor can I delete it.  It appears on my phone, but not my IPad or laptop.  It is through Yahoo mail.  It deletes itself usually within 15 minutes, but will sometimes, take up to a hour.  Any one else experience this?


iPhone 4S, iOS 6.1.4
  • deggie Level 9 Level 9 (50,755 points)

    Been around for quite a while. When you get one Reset your iPhone.

  • Romo1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I realize that and resetting is not a problem.  I wondered  why I was getting them.

  • deggie Level 9 Level 9 (50,755 points)

    Have no idea.

  • AppleMe57 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello,

     

    This is a security issue. Apple inc dealt with this in 2010. The iTunes store accounts were hacked. itunes subscribers funds and credit cards were depleted. Apple inc returned the funds to account holders in the millions. I have already contacted support and gave them the heads up. Mine statrted on July 1st. There is a comand line 12/31/69 entry for password manipulation (see below). The more people deluge the security folks at Apple inc the better. They are in the dark about this issue at the moment. When you receive 12/31/00 the hackers are close to gaining access. Below is the reply from Apple.

     

    Apple ID: Security and your Apple ID

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4232

     

    I also would recommend you to reset your password and update your security questions and set up your rescue email address.

     

    When you create security questions, you have the option to provide a Rescue Email Address. We will send email to that address only if a security issue arises. For example, we may need to send you instructions for resetting your security questions. This email address needs to be different from your Apple ID, but it should be an email address you check regularly. If you would like to add or change your Rescue Email Address, follow these steps:

     

    1) Go to http://appleid.apple.com (you can't add or change the address on the iTunes Store).

     

    2) Click "Manage your Apple ID."

     

    3) Type your Apple ID and password, then click "Sign in."

     

    4) Click "Password and Security" on the left.

     

    5) You will see two of your security questions. Answer each question and click "Continue."

     

    6) Look for the Rescue Email Address section on the next page.

     

    - To set up a Rescue Email Address if you don't have one, click the "Add Rescue Email Address" link.

     

    - To change your existing Rescue Email Address, click the "Edit" link to the right of the email address.

     

    7) Apple will send a verification email to the new email address. The subject line will be "Please verify that we have the right address for you." Open this email and click the "Verify Now" link. Then follow the instructions on the webpage that opens.

  • AppleMe57 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello,

     

    This is a security issue. Apple inc dealt with this in 2010. The iTunes store accounts were hacked. itunes subscribers funds and credit cards were depleted. Apple inc returned the funds to account holders in the millions. I have already contacted support and gave them the heads up. Mine statrted on July 1st. There is a comand line 12/31/69 entry for password manipulation (see below). The more people deluge the security folks at Apple inc the better. They are in the dark about this issue at the moment. When you receive 12/31/00 the hackers are close to gaining access. Below is the reply from Apple.

     

    Apple ID: Security and your Apple ID

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4232

     

    I also would recommend you to reset your password and update your security questions and set up your rescue email address.

     

    When you create security questions, you have the option to provide a Rescue Email Address. We will send email to that address only if a security issue arises. For example, we may need to send you instructions for resetting your security questions. This email address needs to be different from your Apple ID, but it should be an email address you check regularly. If you would like to add or change your Rescue Email Address, follow these steps:

     

    1) Go to http://appleid.apple.com (you can't add or change the address on the iTunes Store).

     

    2) Click "Manage your Apple ID."

     

    3) Type your Apple ID and password, then click "Sign in."

     

    4) Click "Password and Security" on the left.

     

    5) You will see two of your security questions. Answer each question and click "Continue."

     

    6) Look for the Rescue Email Address section on the next page.

     

    - To set up a Rescue Email Address if you don't have one, click the "Add Rescue Email Address" link.

     

    - To change your existing Rescue Email Address, click the "Edit" link to the right of the email address.

     

    7) Apple will send a verification email to the new email address. The subject line will be "Please verify that we have the right address for you." Open this email and click the "Verify Now" link. Then follow the instructions on the webpage that opens.

  • AppleMe57 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello,

     

    This is a security issue. Apple inc dealt with this in 2010. The iTunes store accounts were hacked. itunes subscribers funds and credit cards were depleted. Apple inc returned the funds to account holders in the millions. I have already contacted support and gave them the heads up. Mine statrted on July 1st. There is a comand line 12/31/69 entry for password manipulation (see below). The more people deluge the security folks at Apple inc the better. They are in the dark about this issue at the moment. When you receive 12/31/00 the hackers are close to gaining access. Below is the reply from Apple.

     

    Apple ID: Security and your Apple ID

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4232

     

    I also would recommend you to reset your password and update your security questions and set up your rescue email address.

     

    When you create security questions, you have the option to provide a Rescue Email Address. We will send email to that address only if a security issue arises. For example, we may need to send you instructions for resetting your security questions. This email address needs to be different from your Apple ID, but it should be an email address you check regularly. If you would like to add or change your Rescue Email Address, follow these steps:

     

    1) Go to http://appleid.apple.com (you can't add or change the address on the iTunes Store).

     

    2) Click "Manage your Apple ID."

     

    3) Type your Apple ID and password, then click "Sign in."

     

    4) Click "Password and Security" on the left.

     

    5) You will see two of your security questions. Answer each question and click "Continue."

     

    6) Look for the Rescue Email Address section on the next page.

     

    - To set up a Rescue Email Address if you don't have one, click the "Add Rescue Email Address" link.

     

    - To change your existing Rescue Email Address, click the "Edit" link to the right of the email address.

     

    7) Apple will send a verification email to the new email address. The subject line will be "Please verify that we have the right address for you." Open this email and click the "Verify Now" link. Then follow the instructions on the webpage that opens.

  • flucy63 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Romo1, my name is Robyn and I'm having the same issues as you mentioned in your posting!! I've been receiving these unusual emails on my iPhone 4s for as long as I've had the phone!! I have a Gmail account and only get the emails on my iPhone and as you also stated, not on my PC either!! I get them often and they're dated 12/31/69, with No Subject-No Sender, and cannot be opened or deleted!! I contacted Apple Tech Support and was told it was nothing to do with my iPhone, but to contact Google about the account. I read the above reply for you and wanted to ask if your problem with this crazy experience has been resolved!! Thank you!!

  • deggie Level 9 Level 9 (50,755 points)

    Reset your iPhone: Hold down the Home and sleep buttons, wait for the Apple logo, let go of the buttons. The emails will be gone.

  • Romo1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Robyn.  Sorry to say the issue has not been resolved.  None of the suggestions above have helped.  My phone is a 4S as well.  The guys at the Apple Store look at me like I have 4 heads and keep telling me to bring the phone in when the 1969 email comes in. Problem is it never stays in my inbox for long.  Not sure why it would be a Google problem....I'm using yahoo mail.

  • flucy63 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Romo1, thank you for the prompt reply! Right now I have 69 of those stupid emails on my iPhone!! I cannot do anything with them either!! I'm totally mystified as to why we're receiving them on our phones and not our laptops!! To me, just being the average 'Jo', this would be an Apple issue more than a Google or Yahoo thing, right?? You said in your initial posting that yours dissipates automatically?? I haven't noticed that happening with my phone, but then again it may have and then another one sent in its place, so to speak. What would you consider to be our next step? I'm open for any ideas because although it may seem minor and non-important on the big epic scaleof 'life issues', it is annoying, disruptive and worrisome!! I've also had this iPhone for about a year now. A month or so after first getting it I had my credit card information used at the Apple iTunes Store for $100 worth of something!! I assumed gift cards for the bunch of cowardly and  no-good crooks to resale easily!! I of course filed a police report, closed out that account and then thankfully was reimbursed from my bank for the charges!! Being the average 'Jo', as I stated above, that $100 meant a lot to me!!! I had just used my card like the day before on Amazon and I somehow had possibly linked the stolen card information to that. Although I love Amazon and many other sites and shop online most always, I never linked it up with the odd emails!! There may be no relation with this incident, but now I'm really thinking.....yeah!!! It does feel like a personal violation when this happens!! If you find anything new please share with me! Thanks Romo1 and God bless you!!

  • Romo1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow...so your emails stay?    Mine disappear anywhere after a few minutes to an hr.  Never any longer.  Should I hear anymore about this, I will let you know.

    Re your credit card #.  Look n to Virtual Credit Card #.  Many CC companies offer them.  You pull up a different CC# each time you use your CC on line. But it is all tied to your CC.  The # you use is only good once and has a very short expiration date.  It prevents  your # from being stolen.  I learned the hard way after a AT&T agent jacked my CC #.

  • lawrence179 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I am getting this today... Is this still a security issue

  • deggie Level 9 Level 9 (50,755 points)

    It never was a security issue. To make them go away reset your phone by holding down the home and sleep buttons, wait for the Apple logo, let go of the buttons.