Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Fax spam

Ever since we moved into the new house, we've been getting phone calls from fax machines at all hours of the night. Not all the time, just often enough to be annoying. Once, our fax machine was actually plugged in and took one--it was a "Pump and Dump" spam fax, purporting to be a tip on a marginal stock that was about to go through the roof. Annoying to the extreme.

So we've taken to checking the caller ID, and if the calling number is "Unknown" or obviously unfamilar, we don't answer. This morning the phone rang, and Lisa picked it up without looking. Fax, naturally. She hung up, but the phone rang again. This time she looked, and was shocked to see the caller ID reporting that we were the ones calling, listing our phone number. She answered, and--you guessed it--that fax was buzzing in her ear.

I'd always thought fax spammers were a marginal, fringe group that was dying out. If they're now spoofing and forging caller ID, much like internet spammers forge email addresses and IP codes, does this mean we're on the verge of a new era of faxual harrassment?

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1 comment:

  1. Candice3:09 PM

    You know at the lab office we adverage about six a day and three or four come through at night, waiting for us in the morning. Tuesdays and wenesdays and Fridays are when we see the most. It's really annoying.