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For the last few hours, I’ve been getting one of these rather often.

—– Original Message —–

From: “Michael Joaquim”
To: (lots of people, including unfortunately me)
Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2003 12:53 AM
Subject: Katie Cooper Benefit Katie Cooper.tif [01/58]

What is especially nasty about this is that there is a 3.66Mb file called 58] attached to each and every one of these messages. Apparently, there’s 58 of them.

As you might imagine, a 10Mb mailbox gets filled pretty quickly 3.66Mb at a time, so I’m getting lots of messages from my ISP about that. If you’ve sent a message to me the last few hours, and it has bounced, this is why, sorry.

Anti-spam programs? I’ve tried two so far (Coffee Cup Spam Blocker, and Spam Catcher POP Anti-Spam), and it just laughs at them.

When you think about it, though, anti-spam programs can’t really do any good here. These messages go into the mail server, and if three of them show up, the account is clogged until I retrieve them. The action needs to be done on the sending or the ISP server end.

I’ve done the abuse@comcast.net already. Wrote to Erol’s already.

My questions to you are:

1) Are any of you getting the same thing?

2) If you are, what are you doing about it?

3) What happens to email if something like this becomes commonplace?

Ed

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