January 18, 2003 in Current Events

Spam Violations

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Well, someone high-jacked one of my AOL email addresses and sent out lots of spam email. I became aware of situation this afternoon as I tried to log on and was told that my account was blocked. After waiting about 15 minutes to talk to an AOL customer service rep, I finally go the situation resolved. But I was pretty peeved. I felt totally violated. I thought about bolting from AOL but feeling I need to be a little loyal since I’ve have my AOL account for quite some time. I originally signed up for AOL back when they were charging by the minute and I’ve never really had a problem until now. Plus I own the darn stock. So for now, I’m staying where I’m at and hoping that there won’t be a repeat performance.
But I’m so sick of the daily spam I have to deal with. Luckily, the email address high-jacked was not my main account but an address I use primarily for chatting. What’s really scary though, is that emails started going out last Monday and I have no idea how my id/password got compromised. I did do a full scan check on my harddrive, and thankfully found no virus. So I’m baffled. I really wish AOL would get their act together. This is just so unacceptable.


  1. January 19, 2003 at 8:31 pm


    Installing a personal firewall is a good idea. I never really considered it before as my connection to the internet is via dial-up, but I guess I was wrong.

  2. January 18, 2003 at 11:01 pm

    Leigh Hanlon

    I’d be angry, too. Maybe someone with expertise can suggest how your info might have been hijacked. One solution that comes to mind is installing a personal firewall on your computer. Once you do, you’ll be amazed at — and possibly frightened by — the number of people who are trying to get into your system.

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