How wacky is this? A guy with a Mindspring account has been signing up for opt-in newsletters with the aim of giving the publishers a deliverability heart attack.
He's set up his email account to send auto-reply to all incoming mail that looks identical to an AOL bounce message that says in part that all of the messages you are sending to AOL are bouncing. Right down to the number of the AOL techie to call if you've got questions. So it looks like AOL bounced your entire issue to all AOL accounts that signed up for it.
I'm not allowed to give away any more details, but suffice to say we've seen a copy of this faux message because one of the publishers affected forwarded it to us and it does look awfully real. AOL wasn't too happy about it either.
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