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What's up with this?

I have received five email "returns" (undeliverable mail) for emails that I never sent to people I don't know.

Some of the names are similar, such as "lilmeat", "lilmikey", "lil~", etc.

Here is a sample message (I got five of these, all the same with different names as the "to" party):

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From : Mail Delivery Subsystem <[email protected]>
Sent : Sunday, March 21, 2004 9:48 PM
To : <[email protected]>
Subject : Returned mail: User unknown

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Attachment : attach4 (1 KB)

The original message was received at Sun, 21 Mar 2004 16:48:19 -0500 (EST)
from dsl-159-178.utaonline.at [62.218.159.178]

*** ATTENTION ***

Your e-mail is being returned to you because there was a problem with its
delivery. The address which was undeliverable is listed in the section
labeled: "----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----".

The reason your mail is being returned to you is listed in the section
labeled: "----- Transcript of Session Follows -----".

The line beginning with "<<<" describes the specific reason your e-mail could
not be delivered. The next line contains a second error message which is a
general translation for other e-mail servers.

Please direct further questions regarding this message to your e-mail
administrator.

--AOL Postmaster

----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----
<[email protected]>

----- Transcript of session follows -----
... while talking to air-yf04.mail.aol.com.:
>>> RCPT To:<[email protected]>
<<< 550 MAILBOX NOT FOUND
550 <[email protected]>... User unknown

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That is one possibility that I was afraid of. These messages sent include an attachment - - which made me suspect a virus of some sort.

Is there anything I can/should do about it? ....other than notifying the good people at "hotmail" (which I have done)?

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I'm not sure there is anything you can do about it except hope that whoever's machine is infected gets it cleaned and try putting the AOL "mailer daemon" on your personal "blocked" list -- and there is the very remote possibility that AOL could act to correct that particular mailing. I don't know whether they would be responsive or not.
 
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