How to Stop Incoming Faxes

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The colloquial term, fax, is an abbreviation for the word facsimile. Faxes are hard-copy reproductions of a scanned document transmitted by telephony or cable technology. During the course of operating a business, public information may cause your fax number to be added to a fax broadcast or spam list. Auto dialers are programmed with business fax numbers by telemarketing firms and sent to hundreds of recipients. If your fax is receiving unwanted fax transmissions, you can stop them by using a few different methods.

  • Phone the remove me number. Fax solicitations are supposed to contain an opt-out or remove me number. Call the phone number and request the faxes to be discontinued. Tell the representative the faxes are in violation of the Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2005.

  • Use an Internet based fax service. Internet fax services use spam filters much like email. Switch to a online fax like My Fax, Fax From Computer, MetroFax, or eFaxservice provider to stop incoming faxes that are unsolicited.

  • Report the incoming fax number to the Federal Communications Commission. Go to www.fcc.gov/cgb/complaints.html and file a complaint with the FCC. You may also contact the FCC by email at fccinfo@fcc.gov or by phone at 888-225-5322.

  • Check the Federal Communications Commission's Telecommunications Consumers Division unsolicited fax database for offenders. Point your web browser to www.fcc.gov/eb/tcd/ufax.html to see a list of entities that have been fined for violating the Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2005.

Tips & Warnings

  • Report the number to your phone carrier. Ask for the phone number's owner's name or business name. Contact the carriers in the market where the calls originate and report the number as sending unsolicited faxes.

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