CrackBerry Poll: Are you seeing an increased amount of spam on BlackBerry.net emails?

By Bla1ze on 23 Jul 2012 06:35 pm
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Are you seeing an increased amout of spam on BlackBerry.net emails?


Looking around the CrackBerry Forums today, I found a few threads where folks mentioned an increased amount of spam on their BlackBerry.net email addresses. Of course, spam on emails has always been a problematic fact of life but normally the BlackBerry.net email addresses stay very spam free.

RIM controls these email addresses and offers no real external access to them other than the ability to set up filters, so if spam starts hitting them it's pretty hard for folks to cut them off. You can use filters but given how spammers work, that's a lot of filter creating in hopes to avoid it.

We're not entirely sure how many people actually use their BlackBerry.net email addresses so, we figured it would be a good poll to find out and see if this indeed was a widespread scenario. Drop your vote and let us know!

53 comments

GeneralHerzog

I only use my rogers.blackberry.net addy for certain people. I'm pretty strict about giving it out.
I have Hotmail for spam and anyone who asks.

No spam on the.net account....yet, touch wood

onvisa

About 2 weeks ago i was getting spam on rogers.blackberry.net.
I had to set up filter to block the email, found out it was from one person email account.As soon as put the filet on it stoped.

maxknux

I used to use my tmo.blackberry.net email address for sending links to phone or Facebook emails during the early days but now I just use it send links or test stuff.

I suddenly got inbound with spam that also matched with my yahoo spam by checking the spam box to check if the tmo.blackberry.net spam matches anything in the yahoo spam box.

Yahoo does a good job of protecting me from spam but I can't find a way to filter the spam on tmo.blackberry.net. I tried to use the filter but gave up and deleted the email address since I hve no use for it.

captainbdsc

Same deal here. The filters don't do anything. I am not sure why if I setup a filter that says don't forward emails to my device if the subject has the word viagra or vigara it still gets through. Seems to me that the mobile email king (RIM) could make filters that work. I am open to ideas on a fix. I was going to post in the forums today on this subject, but here it is now. What should I do? Delete my .BlackBerry.net address or keep trying to setup a more addvanced filter?

captainbdsc

Same deal here. The filters don't do anything. I am not sure why if I setup a filter that says don't forward emails to my device if the subject has the word viagra or vigara it still gets through. Seems to me that the mobile email king (RIM) could make filters that work. I am open to ideas on a fix. I was going to post in the forums today on this subject, but here it is now. What should I do? Delete my .BlackBerry.net address or keep trying to setup a more addvanced filter?

jusdis

I only use mine for my bb IDand my Telus online account, yet I still see a ton of them coming in. I've unsubscribed about five times now but they don't stop. What's up with that?

dkonigs

I've had a functional "tmo.blackberry.net" address since 2006, and *never* got any spam on it. Until about 2 weeks ago, and now I get several spam e-mails a day. (usually for certain "medications", and surprisingly their names are correctly spelled.)

Malachi.2.15

I started getting slammed about a week and a half ago. They mostly had the same subject so I've filtered them out for the most part.

dj_matty_s

I'm seeing an increase in the amount of spam articles on this site, that's for sure.

Rootbrian

What does this have to do with spam e-mails? If you don't like the articles, DON'T read them.

pipotobe

I thought I was going crazy. I don't use my telus.net email. I only activated for the fun of it. I've had bb for 5 years now and until a couple of days ago I never had any spam.

These spammers knows what they're doing, I've been getting only v i a g r a and C i a l i s emails. Something's up, they must know something I don't :)

rgorman

Setting a new Filter for EACH variation of the spellings instead of grouping them into one filter seems to have stopped them. None in the last few days. When they were grouped in 1 filter, a few would sneak through

Dave79

I think received two emails spam since 2005: both of them today.

Double_J75

I haven't got any spam on mine but I tend to only give it to friends.

I did however get an email to my work account (hooked up to my bb) tonight. It said it was a survey from RIM. I never give out my work account so that one is surprising!

dantesinclair11

for the past week i've seen a ton of spam on my verizon bb email address. i had to set up so many filters to stop random candandian pharmacies from contact me. i think i'm good now but it was a pain.

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grreyes24

Yeah, just like others, I have t-mobile and don't give out that email much and never used to get spam in it, but just recently I started getting tons. Almost 10 a day. Hopefully this will bring light to it and they can stop it, behind the scenes, without having to set up all these filters.

CBCListener

I only used my BB email for work emergency paging and very few others. The paging function was particularly important. However, I may have exposed that address to a spammer from Pakistan who swore that they'd remove me if asked, making the mistake of using the BB address to do it. It took a bit over a month, but the last thing I needed when I'm on-call is spam at 2am.

It was amazingly easy to change the address, though. Just go to your email management page, delete the old and create the new...and then never use it for anything but very closely-held communications.

Rub3n5

I've never received any spam to my rogers.blackberry.net e-mail address until now. In the last 2 weeks I receive several a day despite setting up the filters mentioned. Driving me nuts, I hope RIM or Rogers helps us out here!

djghettoredneck

Here I was thinking because my birthday was last week the spammers were trying to tell me I needed help in the bedroom. Lol. Yes tons of spam for my BlackBerry email.

1canuck2

I only use my rogers.blackberry.net email address for "internal" systems (IT notifications, etc). Other than that, my spouse and one friend has it. I have NEVER posted it anywhere "public".

In the last two weeks I get between 3 and 5 little blue pill v word (and its various misspellings) per day.

Branta

I see CrackBerry's spam filters are more effective than BIS email filters.

 HINT for everyone: Don't mention the name of frequently spammed pharmaceuticals here because you WILL hit the spam filter, and it can automatically lock your account if it trips the filter too often.

jnb903

i have only given mine a 4 people but for the past few weeks i have been getting several emails a day that are spam

artie

I thought I was the only one but now I know I had nothing to do with it. I tried to find a way to block them but I couldn't find a way. I was going to contact either Sprint or BlackBerry but I'm sure they are aware by now and will fix the problem.
I just called BlackBerry support and they wanted to charge me in order to block these spam messages. In the past any time I had an issue with my device they took care of it with out any charge,I was shocked. I'll just wait and hope they take care of it with enough pressure from BlackBerry users.

franky62

Same here just started to get spam a couple days ago. Very annoying, ill either have to delete. The account or start adding filters i guess.

Shane8750

Very annoying for sure!!! I know i haven't provided my email address for anything, yet just over a week ago i began receiving emails for vigara and cilalis, set up 6 filters, but the mails are always altered by a character and by-passing it. If any RIM staff trolls these boards, it would be interesting to find out just how many people are all of a sudden getting these spam messages, sometimes 8 a day!

Shane

otothez

I have never had any issues with my at att.blackberry.net email until now. What can we do to block these annoying emails?!?

Kevin Michaluk

A whole whack load of people I know have been affected... including myself, my brother, Miss CrackBerry, our developer Tom....

Frank2029

i have been hit with Viagra and Canadian pharmacy spam mail for a couple weeks now. its really annoying.

teamryan15

I've been gettinga bunch of pharmacy emails its so annoying

D Mac

Yes over the last couple weeks I have been getting tons. Viagr... Ciali... Canadian Pharmac... etc... At least a couple a day. I keep adding the senders/subjects to a filter but they are slightly different every day.

Judging by the results of this poll over 42% of people that use a blackberry.net email are getting hit by this.

42%!!! that is Huge. How is RIM not all over this? Hopefully they get this fixed SOON.

Shane8750

Hopefully they do. I have never had an issue with spam before, so I have never needed or thought of an option, like gmail, to mark an email as spam. However, maybe an option should be available, as a setting? Then RIM could monitor which spam emails bypass their firewalls and can continue to improve the filters continuously?

BCMike

Same here. \i use rogers bb email for bb sites like here and for app registrations. I started getting "male enhancement" spam a couple weeks ago. Seems to be 2-4 events per day. f'ing annoying. Help with how to set up filters? I never have used a webmail access to the client, only from my phone and pb.

erndog

I deleted my BB email account, filters don't work.

Earl_3

Since I really only use it for BBid changed it for a new one because as of a few weeks ago I was getting several a day. Funny though coming from a Canadian drug company. Did RIM invest in Viagra to stiffen up their cash flow. LOL!!!

jonathon.94

Anyone else notice how every email is about the little blue pill? So somehow some (pharmaceutical?) company has managed to get a hold of 40-60% of the Blackberry emails. Call me crazy but these spam emails are target emails and with such a large percentage of Blackberry customers that were affected I believe something is up.

Possibly a Virus in RIMs server, but they do not wish to admit it because they pride their selves on security.

artie

It's been a couple of weeks since this started and haven't heard anything from RIM.

tfrankson

Yes, I was wondering what was happening all of a sudden. This just started happening. I don't use it much so if it conts I will most likely del it if anything.

lifeinview

I had a long chat with Tmo who sent it to their engineers. They even talked to RIM about the problem. All RIM had to offer as a solution was to keep setting up more filters.

abi.meleibt@gmail.com

never ever got any span on my att.blackberry.net email address, all of a sudden the last week or so i started getting a couple a day someone please HELP

the brother

it's crazy! i set up my "rogers.blackberry.net" address in 2006, and *never* got any spam on it. Until about 2 weeks ago, and now I get several spam e-mails a day.

i was using this email address as my BBID! i set it to vibrate twice when i get an email from that account because i only use it for bb beta zone. now i get this sh!t every other hour!!!

MAKE IT STOP!

PLEASE?

I'm begging you......thanks

Li McGee

I only use my vzw.bb address for work- to get mail for these magical pills is really a pain. I have tried several spam blockers on the BIS site, but the senders are really creative spellers. VZW said "oh well, call BB." BB said to expand my spelling. Sorry that i am not the only one getting these- i haven't had spam on this address for 5+ years!

tripll

I don't give out my ATT balckberry.net address frequently, but suddenly have been getting lots of Viagra/pharmacy ads. Multiple ones daily for the last 1-2 weeks.

cathomas1972#CB

ME TOO! I have ben getting tons of the Canadian Pharmacies spam emails! It figures since Blackberry is a Canadian Company! They may have struck a deal with them to do that for some steady cash until BB10 comes out! If so then so be it! They need to do what they got to do to stay afloat! I ain't mad at 'em! We all want BlackBerry to stick around to be able to release BB10 and those awesome phones! GET THAT PAPER!

Flatman

Two weeks now... I agree with cathomas... where'd they get all the addresses?

always_amused

What I find amusing is that RIM is having spam problems but they just got granted the a patent dealing with spam for blackberry. Why can't we have this on our devices! Save me some of my data...

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fn...

maddie1128

Read this on Monday and never had any spam.........last night it started.......I DON'T need Viagra- thank you very much!!!!!! Make this go away!

ferre_kun

i haven't get any (yet), but maybe because what i got from blackberry is not .net email but .com :p

Rootbrian

Maybe there could be a breach and the spammers got ahold of a large size database? This is huge, breaches don't always happen all the time, but this? RIM needs to get it sorted. I'm going to tweet this to @blackberryhelp and include this article with it.

dacoast

Same goes for me too, the spam started 2 weeks ago. I thought I am the only one that have spam issue since I never gave out to anyone my blackberry email address. I was quitely puzzled why? I am sure someone broke in Blackberry server (hacked) to get all Blackberry email addresses to spamming them. I setup the "Email Blocker" which charged me 99 cents from App World and it worked pretty effectively. All spam was contained in Email Blocker but seldom one or 2 per week comes in my inbox. That aint bad, it worked. 99.9 percent!

maddie1128

Read this on Monday and never had any spam.........last night it started.......I DON'T need Viagra- thank you very much!!!!!! Make this go away!

tripll

I don't give out my ATT balckberry.net address frequently, but suddenly have been getting lots of Viagra/pharmacy ads. Multiple ones daily for the last 1-2 weeks.

kam2958

my bb.sprint account was hacked: started getting verifying emails from intuit saying that i had a 4700 payroll being processed to send out and then some saying i posted stuff on craigslist. first i never use my bb account and 2nd i have nothing to do with either intuit or craigslist. Sprint couldn't fix it, they sent me to rim, now i think they combined my hotmail and bb address together. I have a mess.

the mass amounts of junk/spam i receive is unbelievable. am trying a free blocker now, not working that great. Oh its not all viagra etc stuff either - its everything. I want to scream

thanks for listening and if anyone has any suggestions, would greatly appreciate it, thanks all

Branta

If the problem is an email account you absolutely never use the solution is obvious - change the email address, or drop the account completely.

I don't think you were "hacked" in the sense that someone broke into your computer or smartphone - these are likely to be phishing emails (spam) sent to thousands of random addresses in the hope of getting some small percentage of suckers to respond. The correct procedure is to delete them as soon as you see they are spam. Whatever you do, DO NOT reply or click on any links they provide. Links in these mails are very likely to lead to "drive-by downloads" which will try to load malware onto your equipment.