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:
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 “
If you are sure, type “$optout DADD”. Remember, this is permanent and irreversible!
Type what it asks:
And you will recieve one final (hopefully) message:
OPERATOR: You have opted out. The account “
Hope this helps some of you.