Wednesday 12th October – 16:12 (GMT-5)
RIM is aware of a hoax message that has been circulated recently amongst certain BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) users. This is a hoax chain message. The message did not originate from RIM and does not impact the security of BlackBerry smartphones. Hoax messages are unfortunately an industry-wide issue. Any social messaging application on any platform, mobile or PC can be used to attempt to convince users to forward such hoax messages to one or more of their contacts. RIM recommends that users simply ignore the message and do not forward it, since this would only serve to expand the reach of the hoax message.
I will not judge (much) those who were under the impression that the Broadcast Messages sent through Blackberry Messenger recently were, in fact, legit. But I would like to bring to their attention that updates must be installed through the “Blackberry App World” and cannot be accessed through chain mail. There are also millions of Blackberry users, and to have a list of each PIN Code would be endless, no one would be capable of keeping it up to date. Therefore to assume your account shall be canceled if a message is not forward would be impossible, especially considering that messages are not censored (that I am aware of, since it doesn’t seem feasible). And my last point, before I bore you to death; if such messages were actually provided by the CEO’s of either RIM and or Blackberry, my suspicions would be that the message would come across as extremely professional, informative and sincerely apologetic. Now, in all of my years working through Customer Service, I, personally, do not find such message can fit in any of the above mentioned categories, do you?
These are just a few of the messages I received, and I couldn’t help but think, “If you’re going to send out a fake message from the CEO of a company as large as Blackberry; at least make it sound convincing, do not spell things incorrectly and actually double check for unnecessary, repeated words. Geez.”
BBM is shutting down at. 12:00. oclock (kindly note it says “zero”clock, not o’clock) tonight if you dont broadcast this you’ll loose your contact. Message from Jim balsamic (CEO OF RIM. Blackberry) we have had an over usage of user names on Blackberry Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. You if you do not forward this message we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message of blackberry will no longer recognise your pin. If you wuish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. we are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will up be and running as soon as possible Thank you for your cooperation. Just being on the safe side.
062345988#REP :Broadcast this and your BBM will get repaired this is working
Dear Blackberry users, We are going to do a update for bbm from 11pm til 5am this to day. You if you don’t send this to all your contacts your update will be cancelled and you would not be alowed to chat with your contacts as you have the old version.