"Re: You're using my old e-mail address." Huh? What's this new devilry?

I got home from work tonight and had 75 new emails in my box (this is in less than 10 hours) with the subject line “Re: You’re using my old e-mail address.” Most of them were from different people/domains but there were a few repeats. I only opened one and it said something like “I’m not using your old email address, stop emailing me.” I checked my outgoing mail just to make sure someone hadn’t been sending mail from my account and I didn’t see anything unusual. What kind of scam could this possibly be?

I don’t think anyone’s quite sure, but it seems to have something to do with the SDMB. Someone may have been harvesting email addresses from here. A lot of dopers got the same thing. See http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?threadid=111995

Er… not to imply that the SDMB has anything to do with the offending emails, just that many people on the board seem to have gotten them. :slight_smile:

I’ll close this thread since the problem is already being discussed in other threads.