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Thu, Aug 24, 2006 10:12 pm

Creating an Email Filter for a Blackberry

Note: The following applies if you are using the BlackBerry Desktop Manager Version (Apr 27 2005). A different process may be needed for other versions - see BlackBerry Email Filters for instructions for version (Apr 26 2007).

To create an email filter to stop some email from going to a Blackberry, e.g. messages that have been tagged as spam, take the following steps:

  1. Open the BlackBerry Desktop Manager on the PC. If you don't see a shortcut for it, look under Start, All Programs, then BlackBerry.

    Blackberry Desktop Manager

  2. Double-click on Redirector Settings.

  3. Click on the Filters tab.

  4. Click on the New button.

  5. In the Filter Name field, type a name for the filter, e.g. "Spam". Check the Subject checkbox and type the text that will appear in the subject field that identifies spam. In the case where SpamAssassin marks probable spam with "[SPAM]", you would put [SPAM] in that field.

    If, instead, you did not want to forward messages from a particular email address, you would check the From checkbox. If you didn't want to forward messages from multiple senders, you could put all of their email addresses in the From field, separating the addresses by semicolons. You can also use an asterisk as a wildcard to block multiple sending addresses. For instance if you wanted to block all email from senders, you could put * in the From field.

    When you have specified the filter you want, check "Don't forward messages to the handheld.

    Blackberry Redirector Edit 

  6. Click on OK.
  7. Blackberry Redirector 

  8. Click on OK again.

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Sun, Aug 20, 2006 10:19 pm

Barclays Banking Scam Pointing to Russian Website

I received a message this evening purportedly from Barclays Bank, a bank in the U.K. The message is shown below:

Dear Sir/Madam,

As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the
Barclays Online Bank system. we recently contacted you after noticing an
issue on your account. We requested information from you for the
following reason:

Our system requires further account verification.

Due to the recent update of the servers, you are requested to please
restore your account info at the following link.

We have asked few additional information which is going to be the part of
secure login process. These additional information will be asked during
your future login security so, please provide all these info completely
and correctly otherwise due to security reasons we may have to close your
account temporarily.

J. S. Smith
Security Advisor
Barclays Bank PLC.

Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered. For assistance, log in to your Barclays Online Bank account and choose the "Help" link on any page. Barclays Email ID # 1009

But the URL was clearly pointing to

I don't reside in the U.K. nor do I have a Barclays bank account, but I went to the webpage and put in dummy information. There were several pages of questions to answer with questions about one's Barclay bank account, spouse's information,and credit card information. After submitting the information I was taken to a valid Barclays Bank webpage. Anyone foolishly completing the questionnaire with valid information would not only allow the scammer to access his Barclays Bank account, but also commit identity theft.

I forwarded the information to internetsecurity @, the email address listed at Barclays Bank scam email page.

HTML version of Scam Email

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Thu, Aug 03, 2006 8:54 pm

AOL Cuts 5,000 Jobs

AOL plans to cut about 5,000 jobs within 6 months as it tries to move away from its dwindling subscription dial-up service. AOL is planning to offer its services for free to broadband users, counting on advertising revenues to sustain it.

AOL's user base has been dwindling as users move to broadband services. Those that don't have access to broadband services or don't want to pay for broadband services are also likely to choose cheaper dial-up services rather than pay a premium price for AOL's ad-saturated dial-up service.


  1. AOL to slash 5,000 jobs
    August 3, 2006
  2. AOL Tells Broadband Customers to Find New ISP
    MoonPoint Support
    November 12, 2004

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