Funny AOL Bounce Message

host mailin-04.mx.aol.com [64.12.138.89]: 550 We would love to have gotten this email to [AIM email address. But, your recipient never logged onto their free AIM Mail account. Please contact them and let them know that they're missing out on all the super features offered by AIM Mail. And by the way, they're also missing out on your email. Thanks.

I’m waiting for someone to forward me a bounce like this and ask me what it means…

One thought on “Funny AOL Bounce Message

  1. I got the same thing. Apparently it is intended for dormant AOL accounts. The key is the “550”, which is supposed to mean “no such user”.

    At first I thought it indicated to indicate I hadn’t logged onto *my* AOL account, which made no sense because I never had an AOL account.

    It’s obviously just a very poorly written bounce message, because a “550” (“no such user”) would imply that “their free AIM Mail account” does not even exist.

    In either case it doesn’t make sense, because presumably the user used that address to receive yahoogroup mail and the only way to do that is to verify an email address. It could be an error in a forwarded message, but I saw nothing in the headers to suggest that.

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