Dearest MEDLIB-L subscribers,

Your ListMom is having a lot of trouble controlling her outrage, but it
appears we have a subscriber who is writing privately to members who post, and
offering search services for money. Several people who have posted messages to
MEDLIB have received this spam, following their posts to the list. A copy of
the spam appears below my SIG file.

So far, the person is writing privately to people who post questions to
MEDLIB, from two different addresses:

        [log in to unmask]     and
        [log in to unmask]

so you may want to use your email software filters.  Or, feel free to express
your feelings to this person, privately. Oh my, was that unprofessional of me?
Bad Valerie, bad, bad, bad.  Blame my behavior on my emotional reaction: I am
experiencing very serious feelings of betrayal that someone would subscribe to
our gentle group and use MEDLIB-L  for this purpose. I have been waiting to
issue this message until I cooled down a bit, but several subscribers have
written to me to express their feelings, so I decided the need for this
message was more immediate.

This person is not a medical librarian or even an information professional, by
the way - but someone looking to market a business. How do I know this?  If
you are so inclined, experiment with a new feature of Google, which enables a
search on groups, and you will see that the person at the [log in to unmask]
email address has spammed some usenet groups, as well. I also used the search
engine at, since that is the person's domain. Very, very busy,
this person has been...

Please be assured that we will do what we can to eliminate this abuse.

Coordinator, MEDLIB-L

Valerie G. Rankow, MLS, AIIP
[log in to unmask]
Professional Information Services
Research, Writing & Consultation
"Librarians are the secret masters of the universe.
They control information. Don't ever piss one off."
       --Spider Robinson,  _The Callahan Touch_


-----Original Message-----
From: Shon Ingram [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: October 02, 2001 12:33 PM
To: [medlib subscriber - address snipped for privacy]
Subject: [question to the list]

I saw your question posted on the site and I wanted to see if I could be of
assistance to you in finding the information you need. My company searches
for hard to locate information via the Internet. This is much like the
public record companies that are used to find information about people that
are no where to be located. The charge for our services is $100 per search.
The fee is due beforehand but if the information cannot be found it is
returned to you. If we can be of assistance please feel free to contact me.