PSA: Read this before you click on that BlackBerry ID email

BlackBerry Report Spam
By Adam Zeis on 23 Aug 2012 11:45 am EDT
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As BlackBerry users it's not often we need to be on the lookout for a virus or malware (although you should always be careful) but according to Net-Security.org there is a fake email circulating regarding BlackBerry ID. The email is a dead-on copy of a legit one from RIM starting out "To enjoy the full benefits of your BlackBerry ID, please follow the instructions in the attached file." but carries an attachment that you don't want to mess with. If you get an email like this anytime soon, your best bet is to delete it unless you know for sure it's legit. Yeah, just delete it :-)

We're not sure just how many users are getting the email, but if you do be sure to drop a comment letting us know!

Source: Net-Security Via: N4BB 

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PSA: Read this before you click on that BlackBerry ID email

26 Comments

I havent gotten the email and yesterday there was an BlackBerry Proctect update from the App World. Maybe RIM is on top of this already.

Purchased my 2nd PB back in April. Something is amiss for sure cause I just got the following email:

"Congratulations on the purchase of your BlackBerry® PlayBook™ Tablet. In order to be eligible to receive ninety (90) days of complimentary technical support, you are required to complete the registration process. Please click on the link below and read and agree to the terms and conditions for support.

https://consumersupport.webapps.blackberry.com/bber/

Registered it the day I bought it. Now the micro USB charging port is damaged so it only charges using the desktop cradle. Called RIM - Oops! "We're sorry, you are outside your 90 day window".

if its suspicious, DON'T BOTHER and DELETE.. BLACKBERRY PROTECT is the most awesome SECURITY known to MEN.

Curious, I've had an 8310, a 9700, a 9800, and a 9810, but I've never seen the "Report Spam" in the dropdown list for Messages. Is that something you have to enable and where do you set it?

Is it necessary for every blackberry owner to comment on this post that they "didnt" get that email? Just saying.....

FYI... I DIDN'T get the email (lol)

Yes, just wondering if the attachment is loaded with some kind of "executable code" or "Script" that BB devices somehow recognize and run automatically? I know that sometimes you can get your BB to automatically open AppWorld to a specific app, if it opens a website that has a properly formed appworld link.

Or is the attachment simply a "social-engineering" type of exploit, or "phishing" attack where it asks you to enter password and user information?

Any clue on the nature of the attachment and what it will do on your BB phone?

And what should one do if you think you've downloaded a corrupt ID?!?!? Any suggestions I think my wife has had this happen on her torch.