Defeating BlackBerry Spam

By AllBlackBerry on 1 Mar 2007 03:46 pm EST

I hate Spam. In the last few years, as the volume of unwanted messages has increased, Spam has mutated from a minor annoyance to a real impediment to productivity. Spam is particularly annoying on a BlackBerry because it is a much more intimate device than a PC. We carry our BlackBerries with us, inviting that intrusive little buzz of a new email into our lives as we venture away from the office.

If you are using the BlackBerry Enterprise Server for your email, then you probably already have some Spam filters set up by your administrator. There are a number of software packages that will filter out Spam before it gets sent to your BlackBerry.

If you aren’t a BES user, you are probably forwarding your email from your other accounts. Rather than forward all the email from those account directly to your BlackBerry, consider forwarding those emails to a Gmail account instead. Then configure that Gmail account to forward to your BlackBerry. This way you can take advantage of Gmail’s Spam filters, and you have a 2GB archive of all emails sent to your BlackBerry.

In addition to server side solutions, you can also use email filtering on your BlackBerry to get rid of some Spam. To create a filter, start up the Messages application. From the thumbwheel menu select Options > Email Filters

Message Options - Email filters

Then select “New” to create a new filter. You can enter search strings for To, From, Subject, and Message.

Creating a new filter

You could create a filter to search for terms in the Subject or Body fields of an email and automatically restrict those messages. This can eliminate a good bit of Spam, although you may be continually updating the filters to keep up with the creative spelling that Spammers use. V1aGrA anyone?

Email filter options
Newly Created Filter

You can also create a filter to only let in email from certain domains. You can search for a string in the From field such as “”. You might use this to only let in emails from your Gmail account, insuring that you only receive emails that have passed through a Spam filter.

## This Article Was Originally Published by on July 11, 2006 

Reader comments

Defeating BlackBerry Spam


Hi guys
Maybe I'm dumb, but I can't find a way to do this on my bold. it is attached to a Telstra BIS (individual server) and I have Antair Spam Filter, but it still keeps coming. What can I do now?



I get email from my gmail on my pearl and even though the emails are in the SPAM folder in my gmail account, they still get forwarded to my Blackberry.
Anyone know how to stop THAT?

I have been plagued by spam as my ISP's spam blocker sucks. My issue with using gmail is that it sends email as the gmail account rather than the corporate account UNLESS you use the gmail tool to send email as your corporate email. Since doing this, it has done wonders and I only go in to gmail itself once a week or so to make sure it isn't catching legit email. Very great tool. I've printed the steps below:
1. Establish gmail account (
a. Go to: Settings > Accounts and Import tab
b. Send mail as: put corporate email info in (put in password, verify, etc).
2. Redirect your corporate email to the new gmail account from website admin tool.
3. Establish a BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) account.
a. Add Gmail account as new email
b. Set up Reply to: your corporate email acct
c. Remove corporate email account
4. Set up Outlook/Outlook Express
a. Add Gmail account as new email
b. Set up Reply to: your corporate email acct
c. Remove corporate email account
Whether mail is sent from gmail, outlook, or BB device, it all "sends as" your corporate email because of the gmail setting.

I too highly recommend "SRS Call SMS and eMail Spam Blocker" .
Calls, SMS and Email for blocking, all in one, the best solution on the market.
Spam incident out of my life.
I got rid of unnecessary and time killer call, SMS and emails.