My fax machine gets one interesting/useful fax for every 20 or 30 ones it actually receives (the rest are spam), and today I got a curious one:
Help us put an end to junk faxes once and for all. It's time to get paid back for the paper and wasted supplies that junk faxes have cost you. Did you know that you oculd get $25 to $100 for each junk fax advertisement sent to your fax machine?
This is a public announcement from StopFaxNow.com, a group dedicated to informing people about the recent changes taking place in the law. Our goal is to help people like you put a STOP to the companies behind unsolicited faxes.
If you were sent COMMERCIAL FAX ADVERTISING, like a product of some kind, a hot stock or travel offering, or some locak service, without your prior consent, the advertiser's behind those faxes may be liable and you could be receiving a settlement for each fax.
As of August 1, 2006, we have completed our new national database of collection organizations that will legally persue junk fax offenders and send you a portion of the money they receive. All you do is mail them your unwanted junk faxes, up to four years old, and they do the rest. These companies are starting to make a real difference and their hard work is paying off.
We offer this list free of charge so take advantage of it. Now join the crusade to stop junk faxes and help make it un profitable for them to continue business!
Log on to our website at www.stopfaxnow.com and register today. Our site also contains free resources, articles, tools and tips that will help you stop fax spammers. And while you are there, be sure to sign up for our quarterly newslatter designed to keep you informed of all the latest news and events as they happen.
OK, so what's this about? Google shows nothing, and the website itself is kinda thin on details, but my overall impression is that this borders on a scam, but is not quite one (though this is subject to change).
The law in some areas provide for damages if one gets unsoliciated faxes - and I get at least a dozen a week: grrr - and this looks to me like a front for collection agencies or attorneys who plan to make a business out of going after the senders.
By getting people to send in their fax spam, they crank up the damages, then share a portion of the fine/penalty with those who were part of the "class" (term not used in the legal sense).
Superficially this has some minor appeal - sue the spammers! - but the fact that the fax itself had no header or removal information seems to put it in the same category as the objectional material.
The website itself contains very thin information, and their "resources" are really just a few links to the common places (the FTC, the FCC). It looks contrived to me, not a real "resource center".
We do see some hint about what they have in mind:
In the month of October, we will focus on retiring your old fax machine and show you how to receive all your fax documents over the internet, or by using a fax modem right inside your computer. This will give you the ability to print only the documents you want, delete the ones you don't and minimize the use of your supplies, saving you money!
Hmmm, so they'll offer some kind of e-fax service perhaps? I think we have those already, and the other proprietors don't resort to spamming to push their business.
Looking into stopfaxnow.com domain, we find it registered in Hong Kong:
35 Central Plaza
18 Harbour Road
Hong Kong, Hong Kong 142587
The webservers are located there too, and this all just looks really suspicious considering they're shooting for targets in the United States.
Until I get more information, I'm giving this a thumbs down. Anybody else know anything about these guys?