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What Can You Do to Stop Junk Faxes? 156

olddoc asks: "I am having a growing problem with junk faxes. Unlike email, it costs me money when I get a fax so junk faxes really tick me off. A while ago, I gave my number to a removal number and now I am getting more junk faxes than ever." What options are there for dealing with this? If you've also had this problem, what did you do and how effective was it in stopping unwanted faxes?
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What Can You Do to Stop Junk Faxes?

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    I'd be surprised if there's not a fax machine with this capability already.
  • Solution (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 05, 2007 @02:53PM (#19003485)
    Fax them back with a bunch of black paper taped into a loop.
    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Or send them an endless Tub Girl loop...
    • Alas, the black paper loop isn't as effective a weapon against junk faxers as it once was. Nowadays, the best you can hope for is to use up their toner cartridge. Back in the days when fax machines used thermal printing, attempting to print a continuous black sheet could actually overheat and destroy the expensive printhead.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Ucklak ( 755284 )
        And using black tape to use toner that covers more than 5% of the paper isn't???

        Sorry but most thermal faxes worth half their weight have a high temp cutoff.

        Yield for a toner based printing device is based upon 5% of coverage per page.
      • Re:Solution (Score:5, Insightful)

        by DarkFencer ( 260473 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @09:12PM (#19006691)
        I'd imagine these Fax Spammers are using computers with modems to do the dialing so if a fax is 'sent' back to them (assuming they even receive faxes) they will probably go into the bit bucket - not cause an actual printout.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by PetoskeyGuy ( 648788 )
      I verified the numbers were correct then try to send a fax with a sign that says "STOP SENDING ME FAXES" to the voice number of the sales pitch using the most repeats and shortest delay possible. I remember distinctly hearing one of the operators start crying through the little fax speaker. Faxes stopped shortly after.

      Remember it's the VOICE number in the FAX you want to attack.
  • by Ant P. ( 974313 )
    Return the favour with a message to the effect of "take this number off your call list". If it continues, you can go to the authorities to get them fined for huge amounts. Supposedly.
    • Re:DNC (Score:5, Interesting)

      by LinuxGeek ( 6139 ) * <> on Saturday May 05, 2007 @03:26PM (#19003769)
      A friend with a couple of businesses had a fax spam problem and had requested that the worst (by far) offender please stop wasting their time and his by sending any more faxed offers. He made several more polite voice and faxed requests when they persisted in sending the faxes.

      Finally, he printed out a couple of pages with large letters asking to please remove his business from their list, giving his name, fax and phone numbers. He then taped the pages together into an endless loop and faxed his request to be removed. I think he said that his fax log showed that it sent for about two hours before cutting off. Amazingly, he got no more junk faxes from that particular spammer. :)
      • Nice urban legend (Score:4, Insightful)

        by zoikes ( 182347 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @04:02PM (#19004071)
        Nice idea, but it never happened... i defy you to find a usable fax number on any of the junk faxes you receive.

        Another story in a similar vein is slapping those business-reply-by-mail envelopes on a brick -- recepient pays ALL necessary postage. :)
        • by LinuxGeek ( 6139 ) *

          Nice idea, but it never happened...

          It did indeed happen. I know someone that actually did this, slashdot user RockClimb (235954) and good friend for over 20 years.
  • by ViXX0r ( 188100 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @02:58PM (#19003523) Homepage
    At our office we turned off auto-answer on the fax machine proper and set up FAX receiving on a PC plugged into the FAX line to receive them. Now all the incoming faxes are just saved in the computer. The ones we want we print out, the spam you can just delete.
    • The ones we want we print out, the spam you can just delete.

      People are way more expensive than paper.

      (Not that I'm advocating printing faxes on people).
  • Artillery (Score:3, Funny)

    by Nimey ( 114278 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @03:02PM (#19003547) Homepage Journal
    I've always favored artillery barrages. Gets the point across nicely.

    It's polite to use small guns (37mm to 75mm) as a first warning, then if they persist bring in the 155mm guns.

    The biggest troublemakers are no match to an Iowa-class 16" rifle.
  • Get Rid of it. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Drexus ( 826859 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @03:09PM (#19003617) Homepage
    We had junk faxes to the amount that it represented 90% of what it was used for. Then we got rid of it. If they can't email it, mail it, or call us. Then we don't want their business.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by hazem ( 472289 )
      That's my thought exactly. Who really uses faxes any more anyway? It's about as relevant as an 8-track...

      In fact, I'm highly annoyed anytime I have to actually send a fax. My company's tuition reimbursement vendor requires faxes.. but get this... you have to go on the website to fill out and create a PDF form that you then download, print and fax back to them. And of course, when I go to use the stupid machine, its out-tray is filled with junk faxes.

      Who needs this crappy technology from the 70s anyway?
      • Can't Get Rid of it. (Score:5, Informative)

        by binaryspiral ( 784263 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @05:59PM (#19005089)
        Faxes are official legal copies of documents. Email attachments are not.

        Anyone who has to send a signed or legal documents quickly - a fax is the only option unless you send it via courier.
        • There was a change in the law here in the UK in the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 meaning that emails and electronic carriers with docs on could be accepted in certain circumstances by courts and tribunals (etc.). I think however that they can still specify fax as being the only allowed electronic mode of communicating a document.

          Which means that there are circumstances in which you are wrong.

          Indeed certain places like UKIPO request email in preference for eg post-grant amendments.

        • I am not disagreeing with your assertion that, currently, faxes seem to have some legal standing.

          But do people not realize how easily they can be forged and spoofed? The facsimile machine is technology from the 80's that has no authentication mechanism. It would be so easily spoofed with a fax modem! You could set up a fax that would seemingly come from, say, the office of the CEO, with letterhead and fax header to correspond, and even a signature would be a simple matter to attach.

          Not long after Win2k c
          • I was quoting U.S. law, sorry. I should have been more clear.

            And certainly faxes can be spoofed, but so can handwritten letters or typed documents.
      • by ajs318 ( 655362 )
        Faxes do have one advantage: you can use a pencil. Sometimes it's still the quickest way of getting a drawing together. If you're ordering some timber and you want to include a sketch with a cutting list, for instance, a fax is definitely the way to do it.
    • I think the advantage of faxes is that they've been around long enough and they're simple enough that a significant number of people have learned to use them who still don't know how to do a scan and attach it to an email. I think there is also legal precedent for limited recognition of faxed contracts that may not apply to email attachments.
    • We had junk faxes to the amount that it represented 90% of what it was used for. Then we got rid of it. If they can't email it, mail it, or call us. Then we don't want their business.

      Every car dealership relies on the fax machine to expedite funding of deals. Sure, you can courier the documents to their funding centre but that delays funding by as much as 24 hours and costs a lot more than dropping them into the fax machine. When each deal requires upwards of 15-20 pages, averaging 5 deals delivered per business day that's a lot of paper to scan, save and e-mail. In the end it's a lot easier to drop them into the top tray, hit the appropriate speed dial button and press "Go".

      When yo

  • Removal doesn't help (Score:3, Interesting)

    by G4from128k ( 686170 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @03:10PM (#19003621)
    By law, faxes in the U.S. must have a "call to remove" number. But I discovered that the number does not work via a little experiment. I called the removal line, entered a different number (a voice line that had never received faxes), and then (within a few days) started receiving fax calls on the voice line. It's just like the email spammers that use victim's unsubscribe notices to signal that they have a live recipient. I'm sure a legal-minded soul could use this behavior to honeypot the faxers, but IANAL.

    I've also thought about creating an autodialer script to call the fax removal line and submit every number in the phonebook to it. A simple script could send Hayes commands to a modem to dial the removal line, wait X seconds (or punch "1" to remove or whatever), and then send another dial command to submit bogus removal numbers. Poisoning their DB of faxable numbers would make the return per dialed number much much lower.
    • by goodie3shoes ( 573521 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @03:21PM (#19003723)
      Here's the US FCC's info on junk faxes .html [] Interesting that the business advertised is liable even if they didn't send the fax. But this doesn't really help. Since the senders are scumbags, one can't be surprised that they don't follow the rules. Why couldn't software scan received faxes for telltale signs of junk such as "Cancun", "vacation", "To all Employees", and trash them as we do with email filters?
      • SPAM becomes CAPTCHA (Score:2, Informative)

        by tepples ( 727027 )

        Why couldn't software scan received faxes for telltale signs of junk such as "Cancun", "vacation", "To all Employees", and trash them as we do with email filters?
        Because faxes have to be OCR'd. Spammers would just use techniques similar to those used in visual CAPTCHAs to distort keywords, similar to the "CA|\|CUN" obfuscation performed by e-mail spam tools. Pump and dump spammers are already doing this with their stock pitches that they attach as an image.
        • by hazem ( 472289 )
          That's easy. If the OCR fails, just junk the fax as it's probably not readable anyway. If the sender really wants to you get it, they'll call.

          You don't support customers who want to send messages on an 8-track. Why support them on outdated and pointless technology like faxes?
          • Why support them on outdated and pointless technology like faxes?

            Show me the $199 freestanding fax-to-PDF-e-mail gateway. Seriously, I have an AIO Brother that has all of the necessary parts inside, but there's no software stack to do it. I know HP has several nice units in the $1500+ range. $50 bonus for hooking up to an LDAP directory.
        • Why couldn't software scan received faxes for telltale signs of junk such as "Cancun", "vacation", "To all Employees", and trash them as we do with email filters?

          Because faxes have to be OCR'd.

          Given that we already have OCR technology working with SPAM filters that can detect even distorted text, [] it doesn't seem such an unreasonable idea.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by PPH ( 736903 )

      By law, faxes in the U.S. must have a "call to remove" number. But I discovered that the number does not work via a little experiment. I called the removal line, entered a different number (a voice line that had never received faxes), and then (within a few days) started receiving fax calls on the voice line.

      Next time, put in the FCC's complaint line phone number.

  • If in the UK... (Score:4, Informative)

    by KingDaveRa ( 620784 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @03:11PM (#19003631) Homepage [] - the Fax Preference Service works wonders in stopping junk faxes. Same goes for the Phone Preference Service, and the Mail Preference Service.

    Not a lot of help if you're in the rest of the world, but still - this could be useful to somebody!

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by bhima ( 46039 )
      There was a guy around here that successfully sued a junk fax marketer for a few K.

      It was in his sig and journal for ages.

      If I recall he bought a new top end PowerMac and Cinema Display with it.
  • Sue. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by i kan reed ( 749298 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @03:13PM (#19003643) Homepage Journal
    I imagine if you put your fax number on the "do not call" registry, there's some legal compunction not to perform any sort of unsolicited transactions using that number.
    • Junk faxes are already illegal with hefty fines for those who send them. That this does not deter the practice would imply that being on a "do not call" registry would have no additional effect. In fact - there are individuals who have a long history of operating shell corporations to side-step massive fines incured through their "business" practices.
      • by cdrguru ( 88047 )
        Sure, you can sue, but it isn't going to get you anywhere.

        No lawyer wants to waste their time with this sort of thing because most of the senders are nearly untracable. You can waste your own time on it, but very few people actually even get the senders to stop.
  • I keep a fleet of submarines specially for this purpose.
  • by Qbertino ( 265505 ) <> on Saturday May 05, 2007 @03:22PM (#19003735)
    A USB fax modem with memory is handy for this sort of thing. Just delete the ones you don't want, archive/print/whatever the rest.
    A better idea is to install a tolled number as your fax number. You can actually do both. Fax modem *and* tolled number. 1/2$ per call. Then post your fax number everywhere. Instant profit. You'll have ROI for your fax modem in an instance. You get just get the best there is with no need to worry. Zyxel used to have some with internal memory that ran on their own with no PC needed. Refinance your real customers who fax you stuff in their next bills.
  • Simple (Score:2, Insightful)

    by kmsigel ( 306018 ) *
    My fax machine is only turned on when I'm sending a fax. If somebody wants to send me something they must do it through email.
  • Ummmm (Score:2, Redundant)

    by phoenixwade ( 997892 )

    Unlike email, it costs me money when I get a fax so junk faxes really tick me off.
    I'd debate the idea that junk email doesn't cost money.....
  • hit em back (Score:2, Insightful)

    by matsenerd ( 957582 )
    My favorite technique is to respond with a "Do not call" fax, but make it white text on a black background. It will use up a lot of their toner and it gets the point across.
    • Re:hit em back (Score:4, Insightful)

      by cskrat ( 921721 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @04:28PM (#19004291)
      For all the suggestions that eating their toner is a nice way to retaliate.

      I seriously doubt it. They are most likely using an auto-dialing script on a PC fax-modem so that they can cut out the cost and hassle associated with having a live person man the fax machine feeding it junk all day. And if you can actually get through to send a fax in the 1/2 second between numbers on the script, your fax will either be deleted, ignored or treated as a confirmation that your number works without ever going to paper.

      You can bet these spammers have put more thought into what you can do to them than you have and have even experienced attempts at retaliation from other persons like minded to yourself. As such don't expect them to be vulnerable to such naive attempts at breaking their system. The best recourse is going to be either changing your number, setting up electronic reception of faxes or contacting relevant and credible legal authorities.
    • If you're sending them a paper fax then you're using the same amount of toner to print the white-on-black original.
  • by santiago ( 42242 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @04:40PM (#19004375)
    Does anyone have any good advice on what to do if you get junk faxes and don't even have a fax machine? Apparently my home phone number was once a business's fax line, and we periodically get what must be junk faxes at odd hours of the night. How do we deal with this crap if we don't own any fax machine (or even a modem) to waste time reading the messages and contacting the fake unsubscribe numbers that won't do any good anyways?
    • by Nimey ( 114278 )
      Find some way of recording which number it's from, then do a reverse lookup on, then bring in a landshark.

      Else, get an X11 device or similar that will kill power to your answering machine between the hours of x and y.
    • by phayes ( 202222 )
      I've heard of people who setup an asterisk server to take care of all their junk Fax/telephone calls. As asterisk can filter calls based on caller-ID, friends & family are passed through without encumbrance. All other calls get picked up by asterisk which shunts Fax calls off to a fax line or can store the faxes locally so that you can filter out the spam later.
      • I do. I also have it set so that your caller-ID has to be on a whitelist between the hours of 9pm-8am to bypass the "press 5 to speak with us" message. Any anonymous / 800# calls get that 24x7. Blacklisted calls get played a "this number has been disconnected or is no longer in service" message that I recorded from the telco. Then there are numbers in the "asshole" list that get played a Very special message.
    • by Skreech ( 131543 )
      My first inclination would be to attempt to receive the fax, not only is there a lack of ways to do so in your situation but it's quite a bit more trouble than you deserve for someone calling you with a fax machine...

      I don't know of a solution that doesn't cost money. I don't think the phone company will do anything for free. You could have your number changed, though depending on how long you've had it already it might be quite a bother and, again, more trouble than you deserve. You could disconnect your p
      • by 1u3hr ( 530656 )
        My first inclination would be to attempt to receive the fax, not only is there a lack of ways to do so in your situation

        Presumably he has a PC. Connect the phone to a modem (you can get a used modem for very little or free now; especially a 28k or 14k, which are still fast enough for fax). Dig up some old fax software (a few minutes with Google; though many modems used to come with a bundle of software including Winfax or an equivalent). Set it to auto answer after a certain time.

    • I used to have the same problem, so I eventually installed a relay in the incoming phone line. Based on a timer, the relay would open the circuit between the hours of 10pm and 7am, disconnecting the internal phones from the telco. Thus, no annoying rings in the middle of the night to wake me up. The rest of the time (which is any time I'd call out or anybody reasonable would call in), everything worked normally.

      I figured no harm done, as in a real emergency, my friends, family, and wife would call my cel
  • Mostly, there are no alternatives other than something like changing your fax number or turning off the ability to receive faxes.

    If you can live with not getting purchase orders and the like faxed in, you can just turn it off. Email isn't a solution - it is unreliable. What is the difference between a company using email and a spammer, anyway?

    Legally, you would think that someone would be able to stop a business from sending illegal faxes. The problem is that you, as the recipient can sue but the police
  • Find whoever is sending them and go kill them. Messily. Publically.

    You'll go to jail for a long time, but the chilling effect it has on the rest of the spammers out there will make you a fricking hero to the rest of us.

    (if you're lucky, "the rest of us" includes your parole board. If you're super extra lucky it includes your jury!)

    #include - this is Funny not Informative ok mods. Sheesh.
  • A couple comments (Score:3, Informative)

    by slackmaster2000 ( 820067 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @05:57PM (#19005059)
    Junk faxes here really slowed down after coverage of the enforcement of junk fax legislation started to hit the mainstream media. I guess that was in the late 90s sometime. We still get a few from time to time. Although now that I think of it, this decrease also probably coincided with an increase in spam, which probably has more to do with it (cheaper, easier, wider base of victims).

    Here's a wikipedia page with information about what can be done legally against junk fax senders in the US, if it's bad enough that you want to take the time to go after them: []

    The solution, although not so much a solution as a better system, is to use fax server software or an online fax service. I run a local fax server here. Faxes come in and are routed via email to the secretary who was at one time responsible for pulling paper faxes off the old fax machine. This person then routes the fax to the appropriate person, and acts as a junk fax filter :) There are four major benefits to software faxing: 1) You'll save money because there are no consumables to buy, and because of this the cost of receiving a junk fax is the same as receiving a junk email as long as you don't pay per minute on your phone line. 2) Routing faxes through email is much more effective than tossing paper into a physical inbox, especially if you have to make copies of faxes for multiple people. 3) Many fax servers will enable your employees to send a fax by simply printing to a special fax printer on their computer, saving time, money, etc. 4) The quality of received faxes, and especially outgoing faxes, is considerably improved.

    I do sympathize with you. Especially if you're working with a lot of international companies (assuming you're in the US, if not sorry), sometimes you simply have to be able to accept faxed documents to keep customers happy. You might encourage them to start using email, perhaps by pointing out the financial benefits. Also, a lot of people might not know about simple tools like pdfcreator with which they can print and send a purchase order via email right from their existing accounting software.

    I do object to your comment implying that junk email doesn't cost anything. Perhaps if you're working for a small outfit with hosted email it doesn't appear to cost anything. My mail server here processes a hundred thousand spam messages per month, and we're a pretty small outfit. This definitely costs real money in terms of hardware and software support, and most importantly employee time (I guarantee that people spend more time going through their junk email or flagging email as junk than they do looking at junk faxes).
    • by macdaddy ( 38372 )
      Could you describe your software solution in more detail? What package are you using. Does it run on Linux or is it a commercial Windows app? I'd be interested in setting up something similar. Thanks
  • Writefax or similar software on a PC will accept any faxes - then you can view them from any workstation, delete the junk and print the good ones. It doesn't even have to be a modern PC... any old Pentium 3 with a relative small amount of ram and storage will trump any modern fax machine.

    And even a bonus, this gives you a digital copy for easy archival to network backup, tape, optical media, or removable thumb drive.

    Seriously a fax machine is really only useful for sending faxes now a days.
  • A while ago, I gave my number to a removal number and now I am getting more junk faxes than ever.
    That reminds me of the time my wife went through her spam mail, opened each one, and clicked the unsubscribe link in each one. That did nothing but tell the spammers, "hey, I actually read these!", and she only got more spam.
  • TCPA (Score:5, Informative)

    by deblau ( 68023 ) <> on Saturday May 05, 2007 @06:10PM (#19005213) Journal
    Read this []. In particular:

    The FCC can issue warning citations and impose fines against companies violating or suspected of violating the junk fax rules, but does not award individual damages. If you have received a fax advertisement from someone who does not have an established business relationship with you or to whom you have not provided prior express permission to send fax advertisements, you can file a complaint with the FCC. You can file your complaint by completing the FCC's on-line complaint Form 1088 at:; e-mailing; calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) voice or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY; faxing 1-866-418-0232; or writing to:

    Federal Communications Commission
    Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
    Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
    445 12th Street, SW
    Washington, DC 20554.

  • Courtesy of Google:
  • by Scutter ( 18425 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @08:37PM (#19006495) Journal
    The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 was not designed to prevent spam (although it's being used that way now). It was designed to stop junk faxes and it really works! Use it! Here's some good info. []
    • by Guppy06 ( 410832 )
      "The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991"

      ... was essentially rendered null and void by the Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2005 [], passed specifically to add the same "existing business relationship" loopholes previously enjoyed by telemarketers and spammers.

      Be sure to thank your members of Congress, perhaps by fax.

  •       One of the people in my neighborhood makes a living suing telephone-spammers. There are some tricks to actually getting a judge to rule in your favor - even when the company has clearly violated the law - but once you know them, it works well. And many don't even bother going to court, they simply send her a $500 check.
  • You can sue them. (Score:3, Informative)

    by seebs ( 15766 ) on Sunday May 06, 2007 @04:28AM (#19008659) Homepage
    Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice; rather, it is an account of my layman's perception of how things have worked.

    It's very simple.

    Unless they have prior express permission (or, thanks to a new enabling law, an "established business relationship" with many additional qualifiers), unsolicited faxes are categorically prohibited in the US. Penalty? $500, per advertisement, statutory damages, plus possible penalties.

    So sue.

    Call them up, find out who it is and what they're selling. Tape the call if that's legal in your area. Then sue.

    My share, after attorney's fees and costs (including copying, etc.), of my junk fax litigation has been about $38,000 over the last few years. Mostly mortgage brokers, many of whom are predatory lenders as well. Do not waste your time trying to identify "Mortgage Services" -- just get them to hand you to a local mortgage company, and sue the mortgage company. Generally, in my experience, a given 800 number is affiliated with a single customer, so you call the number, and then sue for all the faxes you've gotten with that number on them.

    I write about this stuff some in my blog. Largest total settlement was with Allied Telesyn, who paid $250 per ad to all the people who filled out claim forms, $5k to me, and probably more like $300k to some lawyers. Largest settlements for me personally have been on the order of $10k, but my friendly neighborhood lawyer gets about 35%, and there's filing fees and such.

    Just a few things to know:
    1. Junk faxers are dishonest. They will lie. They will tell you they didn't know it was illegal, they will lie to you about the law, they will say they didn't send the faxes, and so on. We see this all the time.
    2. If you are not comfortable representing yourself pro se, get a lawyer.
    3. Don't go to small claims unless you are absolutely SURE that your state won't let you do district court. Small claims judges are often unfamiliar with statutory damage laws.

    There are no damages to prove; the law sets the damages at $500, per advertisement.

    If you want to call remove numbers, go ahead, and write down which ones you called and when, but don't expect it to have any effect.
  • Simply remove the paper from the fax. This then means the fax can't be delivered. We do that too and if someone wants to fax us, they have to call us and we put paper in the fax, we receive the fax and the rest of the paper is removed again. You can also simply unplug the fax and only plug it in when you want to use it.

    Though if I could, I would remove the fax altogether. Receiving faxes is rare these days...
  • I have to second those who are recommending a computer/software solution. I happen to enjoy Macs these days, so I'll describe just how simple it is to set this up in Mac OS X.

    1. Open the Apple menu, go to System Preferences.

    2. Open the Print & Fax preference pane.

    3. Go to the "Faxing" tab.

    4. Check the box "Receive faxes on this computer".

    5. Fill in your fax number, set the number of rings before answering (depends on how you use the line)

    6. Choose any or all of the available receiving options:
  • it'd be nice if 90% of fax machines were a fleet of teergrube/tarpit style fax machines that could receive the data at about 8bps, requiring hours and hours to receive a single fax, tying that sender's line up the entire way ;)
  • Disconnect Tone (Score:3, Informative)

    by wonkavader ( 605434 ) on Sunday May 06, 2007 @05:45PM (#19013479)
    It's a commercial product and a helluva lot less satisfying than what you want. You WANT to take these guys out back and shoot them once in the head, but all you can really do is get them to stop calling.

    Get a telezapper or similar product. []

    It sends a "This number is disconnected" tone. Humans ignore it. Automated fax and telemarketer systems note it and remove your number from their database. Why call something which is known to be gone?

    It's cheap, and it works fairly well.

    Less mess in your local alley, too, though I'd still prefer the stronger solution.
    • This works fine if you're getting faxes to your voice-line, but if you're getting junk-faxes to your business-fax line, then it's going to disconnect legit callers as well as fax-spammers
  • IANAL but At least in some states of the U.S. the practice of sending someone something that they do not want and then demanding payment or otherwize extracting use has been banned. This has been extended to making it possible for you to use junk faxxers on the grounds that they are using your fax. Probably this would be time consuming for any one person but if the laws of your place of residence allow it a class action lawsuit might be doable, even government funded.

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