Installed a new fax at work recently and joy of joys our office has started receiving fax spam. In return, I’m going to start listing the fax spammers here with their email addresses as links so that other spammers can pick up their email and add it to their spam database.
Doing a little further digging, it is interesting that both New Zealand and Australia’s anti-spam legislation does not cover faxes.
Both the spammer and their client promoted by the spam will get listed here.
Update 2009-01-25: Interesting to see a number of people coming to this post when searching for Getaways Downunder and Destinations R Us. I haven’t actually seen any fax spam from them for a while. I called them up directly on the number they promote and asked directly to be removed from their list, and it seems to have worked! Sure, it did cost work a toll call, but I haven’t had faxes for months.
Update 2009-04-02: And the wankers are back. Arrived in to the office this morning to be greeted by another page of fax spam from getawaysdownunder.com.au. So, despite being removed from their fax list a few months ago, I have again been added against my will. I am really not inclined to use the email opt-out option as I’m sure that would just be a bait-and-switch move, e.g. to get off their fax list you have to give them your email address. I’ve just left a message on their voicemail asking for the office fax number to be removed. Again.
Update 2009-07-22: And another fax received today. Gave them another call to be removed. ‘Oh sorry, we had a problem with our database.’ Yeah right. I really don’t see why we don’t have legislation controlling fax advertising, when we do have legislation controlling email advertising. Anyway, she seemed to remove my fax number again, will wait and see if another fax arrives in a few months.
Update 2011-11-28: A mostly positive update for a change! As of the 20th October 2011, fax spam will now be covered under the Unsolicited Commercial Messages Act! Woohoo! There is now a process whereby we can submit faxspam to DIA. As an added bonus, Getaways spammed our office against just a few days ago, so I am now in the process of filing my first faxspam complaint with DIA. Please, register a complaint for every faxspam you receive.