Weird IM Spam using Coho and Trout and Salmon

So, I’m always annoyed and curious when I get these weird spam messages, and I finally looked them up to see what this was all about. It turns out it’s not technically spam, but some experiment. You can read more about it here at this wikipedia article It was originally called The Great Hatsby, and has since morphed into the Coho bot.

Regardless, it’s annoying to me and is possible to turn off. Here are directions borrowed from this site posting the original info.

You can stop the messages by typing:

$optout

Then it will respond with:

OPERATOR: Are you sure you want to opt-out? If you do, you will *never* be contacted again on the account “”. There is *no way* to opt back in and undo this.
If you are sure, type “$optout DADD”. Remember, this is permanent and irreversible!

Type what it asks:

$optout DADD

And you will recieve one final (hopefully) message:

OPERATOR: You have opted out. The account “” will *never* be contacted again. Good bye!

Hope this helps some of you.

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