21st Century Faxes Ltd
I've also received three unsolicited faxes
from 21st Century faxes in the
past 4 months (one is dated 8/23/01 and the others are not dated). They are also
quite notorious. The FCC cited them and fined them over $1M a year ago and it made
no difference. They are still doing their scam where they ask a polling question
and ask you to fax back your answer to a 900 number:
They promptly trash your fax because they just care about the $6.00 per fax
that they collect when you dial their 900 number. They've blatantly ignored the
FCC citation of 21st Century
notice of $1M liability to 21st Century Faxes
this put 21st Century on notice and allowed them to respond
has determined the $1M forfeiture
this notice followed Ritchie's presentation of evidence and basically is now a
final determination. Ritchie must pay.
21st Century even got this press
release from the FCC on the $1.1M fine that the FCC imposed on them. Of
course, it didn't make much of a difference to them. They continue to operate
today as if nothing has happened.
The State of Oregon got their assets frozen in the US. Ritchie then (finally)
got local counsel. They negotiated an agreement and 21st Century is not faxing
Oregon anymore so the asset freeze was lifted. See Attorney
General Obtains Judgment Against 21st Century Faxes of England
Ritchie was featured in an
article about 21st Century Faxes in the Boston Globe recently.
The most recent address for 21st Century Faxes is:
21st Century Fax(es) Limited
20 Bourne Court, Southend Road,
Essex IG8 8HD.
As a result of the state of Oregon suit, Ritchie's attorney most recently
works a Washington DC law office on M Street.
They list a current address now on their faxes of:
21st Century Faxes Ltd
331 W. 57th St, PMB 504
New York, NY 10019
fax opt/out removal numbers: 1-212-465-8226 or 1-800-606-5720 (which the FCC
determined is owned by ICN Corporation)
They need that since they give you the option of mailing back your surveys.
There are lots of other fictitious addresses for them (as noted in the FCC
documents above). We know that they weren't in the UK at the address they
formally used on Regent Street, no one there ever heard of them, not even the
postal service. And it would be interesting to see if they even pay the
21st Century Fax(es) Ltd.
British Fax Directory
Jonathan C. Goodman
Nicholas J. Kendrick
Ritchie was quoted in a May 5, 1999 story in the Washington Post, "Survey
After Colo. Shootings Requested Faxed Replies Costing $2.95 a Minute." Excerpts:
Reached by phone in London, Gordon Ritchie, director of 21st Century Fax,
said the gun-control poll involved nothing illegal or improper. The FCC's
rules on unsolicited faxes "only apply to faxes from the U.S.,"
"We're covered by European laws," he said. "In the U.S. you
can have guns but not faxes. Here, we can't have guns, but we can have
Ritchie said his company was sending the survey "to every American fax
number we've got, and we've got 3 million numbers."
For each reply faxed to the 900 number, 21st Century Fax will make about
$1.50 to $1.75 per minute in revenue, Ritchie said. He also noted that replies
can also be sent to a Manhattan mail drop; the address is in fine print at the
bottom of the survey, about half the size of the 900 number prominently
displayed in the middle of the fax.
He said he expected a response rate of about 6 percent -- which would
result in revenue of more than $250,000 for his company.
Ritchie said the gun-control survey was the first American poll for 21st
Century Fax, which sends about 8 million faxes a month to machines in Britain
and Germany. Last year, the fax services provided almost $6 million in revenue
and $1.2 million in profit, he said.
Earlier this year, British regulators obtained a temporary injunction
against Ritchie and other officers of a sister company, 20th Century Fax Ltd.
charging it with sending deceptive and misleading information in its faxes
advising people to lose weight through the "Yummy Yum Yum Diet."
Ritchie didn't find a loophole. The FCC
has determined it doesn't matter if he made the calls from the UK when they
fined him $1.1M.
Also, did a search on Gordon Ritchie, the name referenced in the news
article in yahoo.com. Came up with an article indicating that he'd been
spanked by the British court system twice before for fraudulent activity.
Paul Williams of the British Consulate General in Houston, TX is handling this
matter for their government. His address is 1000 Louisiana, Suite 1900;
Houston, TX 77002. Phone 713 659-6275. Or forward him your 21st or 20th
Century fax's at fax number 713 659-7094
This FCC citation
gives details on the names and aliases used (see the footnotes) including:
The 900 numbers in question include: 900-773-7500; 900-454-9300;
900-737-8888; 900-407-7477; 900-896-5500; 900-773-6777; 900-773-6900;
900-370-3200; 900-680-3200; 900-370-8400; 900-370-9400; 900-884-8200;
900-884-9200; 900-486-1900; 900-484-3400; 900-448-4848; 900-484-1900;
900-255-4900; 900-287-3900; 900-484-4848; 900-378-3900; and 900-336-4900.
Telecommunications Consumers Division has been advised that the information
service providers for thirteen of the 900 numbers referenced in the
unsolicited facsimile advertisements are 21st Century Fax(es) Ltd. a.k.a. 20th
Century Fax(es) Ltd. a.k.a. British Fax Directory, a.k.a. British Fax Service,
1204 Third Avenue, Suite 108, New York, New York 10021 and British Fax
Directory a.k.a. British Fax Service, Gun Court, 70 Wrapping Lane, London
England E1 9RL. The Telecommunications Consumers Division has been advised
that the information service provider for the remaining nine 900 numbers is
British Fax Service, Gun Court, 70 Wrapping Lane, London England E1 9RL.
12 The Telecommunications Consumers Division has obtained information that
Mr. Goodman is the subscriber for 646-602-0372, an opt-out number that appears
on numerous advertisements.
13 The Telecommunications Consumers Division has obtained information that
ICN Corporation is the subscriber for 1-800-606-5720, an opt-out number that
appears on numerous advertisements. The Telecommunications Consumers Division
has been further advised that ICN is listed as the customer of the 800 number
account in the underlying carrier's business customer database.
Professor Horace David Ritchie is Gordon's father. You can see Gordon's
website here: http://www.bibledecoded.com
has brought suits against them. John Levine (firstname.lastname@example.org)
has also had some run ins with them