If you have a non-business fax machine, as I do, you may get unwanted spam faxes from businesses who use UTBox, which is based in Sydney. UTBox has a “fax opt-out facility” which is after the fact, i.e. you can “opt out” after you have received the unwanted fax. The press release says:
To make it easier for those marketers who wish to utilise an online fax broadcast opt-out mechanism we have introduced dontfax.me. dontfax.me is a website where receivers of un-wanted faxes can register their wish to opt-out.
This is not accurate. If you go to http://dontfax.me, you get this unhelpful screen:
Enter the URL? Isn’t this where one can opt out?
I have no idea if there was an intention to provide an opt-out form there, but the source code of the home page is bewildering. Yes, there is nothing else in the code than what you see below:
<table cellpadding=10 border=0> <tr> <td> <img src=/images/logo.jpg> </td> <td> Please enter the URL with the company name included </td> </tr> <!-- <tr> <td colspan=2> Tired of wasting paper with your fax machine? Try an <a href="http://www.utbox.net/fax_by_email/">internet fax solution</a> so that your faxes come directly into your email. </td> </tr> !-->
If you know of other opt-out URLs, please add them as comments.
Contact the Advertisers
Here are some contact points for the advertisers in case you want to get in touch:
The following don’t appear to use UTBox:
EC Credit Control = Fax 1300 361 080
Simple, as with email spam, as long as enough suckers buy, it is worth the trouble. I have disconnected my fax/printer from the phone line, so it won’t get any more spam. For those of you who need to keep the fax connected, just hope that the technology will be obsolete soon. That date is overdue.
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