Strange Messages from

Ben Tilly btilly at
Sat Jan 20 00:53:47 UTC 2007

On 1/19/07, Chuck Swiger <chuck at> wrote:
> On Jan 19, 2007, at 4:30 PM, Ben Tilly wrote:
> >>  What is happening is that some spammer sends an email with a
> >> return address
> >> here - and it ends up hitting one of Amazons servers - so that server
> >> bounces it.
> >>
> >> I suspect that is the cause.
> >
> > I strongly doubt that this is the case.  All of the emails that I've
> > received of this form from this list have the message that was emailed
> > included in the body - and it is always an email that I personally
> > wrote.
> Russ Nelson (as <postmaster at>) had confirmed that
> someone had forged email from store-news at to this list's
> subscription address, and Amazon's autoresponder sent out a message
> which confirmed the subscription.
> That address has been unsubscribed, and there is a trouble ticket
> open at Amazon (#2709141) with the guys who wrote their auto-
> responder to fix it to pay attention to the email headers normally
> found in list traffic so ought to not approve forged
> subscription requests in the future.
> [ I'd complained to amazon about a week ago, and the problem was
> identified about two days ago. ]

Ah.  This is a variation on the possibility that I had not considered.
 I was clearly wrong and now I am corrected.

Thank you,

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