Not long ago, Dr. SJ (for those unaware, that would be my darling wife, who prefers that her real name not appear anywhere on the internets) gave a medical equipment vendor a fax number to send some paperwork. As she was home at the time, she gave out our home fax. Big mistake.
We have been getting mid-night faxes from a scam business loan operation, night after night. Yes, it violates the CAN-SPAM act of 2003, 15 U.S.C §7701 et seq., but so what? The operation, traced back to its roots based on a website found at the BBB (communitybf[dot]com), appears to be out of Panama, or Russia, China or a million other places, but otherwise provides a phony telephone number and address.
Domain Name: COMMUNITYBF.COM
Creation Date: 2013-04-29 17:59:00Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-04-29 09:59:00Z
Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Registrant Name: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED
Registrant Organization: WHOISGUARD, INC.
Registrant Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
Registrant City: PANAMA
Registrant State/Province: PANAMA
Registrant Postal Code: NA
Registrant Country: PA
Admin Name: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED
Admin Organization: WHOISGUARD, INC.
Admin Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
Admin City: PANAMA
Admin State/Province: PANAMA
Admin Postal Code: NA
Admin Country: PA
Admin Phone: +507.8365503
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax: +51.17057182
Admin Fax Ext:
Tech Name: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED
Tech Organization: WHOISGUARD, INC.
Tech Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
Tech City: PANAMA
Tech State/Province: PANAMA
Tech Postal Code: NA
Tech Country: PA
Tech Phone: +507.8365503
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: +51.17057182
Tech Fax Ext:
Name Server: NS1.IPCHINA163.COM
Name Server: NS2.IPCHINA163.COM
Name Server: NS1.IPCHINA163.COM (has 632 domains)
NS2.IPCHINA163.COM (has 632 domains)Server Type: ApacheWhois Server: whois.enom.comASN: AS49335 NCONNECT-AS Navitel Rusconnect Ltd (registered May 20, 2009)IP Location: – Moscow City – Moscow – Mir Telematiki LtdResponse Code: 200Domain Status: Registered And Active Website
The toll-free number (800-652-4019) on the fax only traces back to spam calls, and its unsubscribe number is a well-known scam. The fax was sent from 888-261-0361 (which has been blocked). The scammers go by the name Community Business Funding and Simple Business Funding.
With the scammers outside the jurisdiction, telephone being an inconsequential commodity and no way to shut down the fax calls, it’s getting a little annoying. At my age, being woken up in the middle of the night by a scam fax isn’t nearly as much fun as it sounds.
Now if only there was a way for some smart tech type person to mount a DDoS against this folks, that would be interesting. Or maybe give the medical equipment vendor who sold Dr. SJ’s fax number a taste of his own medicine to remind them that whatever they’re making off the numbers, a dollar per thousand say, isn’t worth their family being woken up nightly for the next month.
But that would be wrong, and I would never advocate doing something wrong. There really needs to be way to prevent the intrusion of spammers and scammers. Or the terrorists win.