Scott’s office email goes nutso, spams county tax collector

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2 December 2011

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon's office said Friday it was sent more than 12,000 spam email message by Gov. Rick Scott after corresponding with his office about a resident's issue.

Gannon's spokeswoman, Max Sonnenschein, said the office was sent 12,658 auto-response emails acknowledging a message that a tax collector employee sent to the governor's office on Thursday.

The auto-reply messages were sent to Gannon's "client advocate" email address. The account normally receives about 100 messages a day.

"It is kind of funny," Sonnenschein said. "Governor spams tax collector."

Gannon's staff said they contacted Scott's office about the computer glitch this morning after the automatic messages stopped.

Lane Wright, a Scott spokesman, said technical staff at the governor's office is trying to get to the bottom of the problem. But he conceded it may take time to resolve the cyberspace mystery.

"We're looking into it," Wright said. "But it may be Monday before we know what's happened."

-- Jennifer Sorentrue

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