Dear McAfee, Thanks For the Spam, But....
Thanks for the email advertising your products to help me remove viruses from my computer. I'm sure they would be very valuable. However, I think you may have made a slight mistake. I never sent you this message containing the virus.
...The point, however, is simple. You are smart enough to recognize that the mail you received contains a virus. You are smart enough to recognize the particular type of virus. At least the part of your company that writes reports on these viruses is smart enough to know that the From: line in the message does not actually reflect the actual sender of the message.
Why, then, autorespond to spoofed addresses? Surely you’re smart enough to realize that responding to a random address would give you a better chance of hitting the addressee! Dear McAfee, Thanks For the Spam, But.... - O'Reilly ONLamp Blog
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