I'm sorry to hear about this, but fortunately, you may be able to take action-- irrespective of whether such person has already sent out the e-mail or not.
In short, you need to speak with a local civil litigation
attorney. If this individual has not already sent out the e-mail, then the attorney could potentially help you seek a TRO (temporary restraining order) or a TPO (temporary protective order) to prevent this individual from engaging in any such conduct. If such an individual has already sent out the e-mail, then depending on its content, you may be able to take legal action against this individual for defamation
Nonetheless, in either scenario, a civil litigation attorney will be able to explain the process in detail and take steps to protect your interest. Taking legal action in such a situation can be complex because, generally speaking, your attorney would need to subpoena
AOL to obtain the IP address of the AIM user, and thereafter, would have to subpoena the appropriate ISP in order to ascertain who the IP address belongs to.
Your local bar association will be a good resource in finding a local civil litigation attorney.
I wish you the best of luck.
I hope this helps, and please let me know if you have any follow-up questions.
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