How to identify junk faxers
The good news is that you can always find out who is sending you the junk
faxes if you follow the steps below.
First use this page: How to
identify the fax broadcaster
If you get an unsolicited fax, follow this procedure (one of the first three
is almost always guaranteed to work):
- Have the phone company put a call trap on your line. When you get a fax,
you dial a special code after receipt or keep a call log and enter it
periodically. They can then release this information to the police/sheriff
and the police/sheriff will release it to you or your
attorney in response to a subpoena. You can have the information you
want within days and it's admissible and credible in court. We highly
recommend this. See the Q&A for more on traps.
- The simplest way to find out who they are is to pretend you are actually
interested in their offer and try to fool them into giving you their real address,
e.g, you don't have a credit card and need to mail them a check or you are
the purchasing agent at your company and you have to have an address to send
the Purchase Order. Be creative. But this can only ID the advertiser
and not the blaster.
- Highly recommended: Use Abika
which offers a very comprehensive set of searches and is very similar to
Docusearch. Unlike Docusearch they can trace the source of a fax call into
your phone number. See details
- Also recommended: Use
Docusearch to find who owns
the phone number (such as the 800 or 900 number). This almost always works, but it isn't free. If your
time is valuable, this is the fastest way to go. You only pay if they find
the answer. For 900 numbers, this is the way to go since you won't be
able to use the method in the previous bullet. You can then have a lawyer subpoena
the 900 number company to find out who their client is.
- For pump and dump faxes, here's a possible approach. A few months after
the fax appears, take a look at the price and volume graph for the stock.
Also goto sec.gov and lookup filings by the issuer. I did this last night
for an issue that a client of mine got a fax for last September and turned
up the marketing agreement under which the presumptive faxer got the shares
he dumped. Other filings to look for would be insider or high-volume
purchases or sales, which must be reported.
Here are some other ways:
Other methods of identifying a company.
- List of known remove numbers, the associated company and any
other pertinent information.
Find out who owns a PO Box has techniques to find out the owner of PO Box
Look at the secretary of
state website for their tax information.
- Search D&B for the free information
available (pay if you want more detailed info)
- See who the FCC have
When you find out, let us know and we'll post it here.
This page is maintained by Andy.
Other useful info
Registered agent, officers, and other information about
These are all included in the links above... I just have them
here for shortcut because I use them a lot.California
- Instructions for
obtaining info on California Corporations
Business Entity Information
Corporations search engine
- Florida Travel
Reseller rules (call 850-410-3805 to check a
travel reseller registration)
Missouri Official Search Page for Corporate Entities
- For Registered agent, call the Secretary of State office at (803)
- For Officers, call the Dept. of Revenue at (803) 898-5705
- Texas Corporations search
- DBA names
- Texas Secretary of State database. That one isn't
online anywhere but you can get the info by calling them at (512)
SCC Information - (804) 371-9967 or toll-free (in Virginia only)
Corporations - (804) 371-9733. For questions about corporate officers and
directors, registered agents, charters and annual statements, and limited
partnerships, limited liability companies, and registered limited liability
All-States investigative resourcesProcess
National Association of Professional
Subpoena Addresses for Phone Company Records
Addresses to send
subpoenas to of Phone companies and long distance providers
(download the "Feature Group D CIC assignments" zipfile.)
Ameritech has an automated RespOrg ID service. Call 800-337-4194
Tracking down 900
Locating a telephone number from
the area code & prefix
Tips on tracking down the owner of a phone number are here.
Tracking down an attorney? Check here
Are they really a charity? Check here
Tracking down a bank? Check here.
Areacode info is here.
Prefix info is here http://www.thedirectory.org/pref/
Another way of locating a Texas company is to contact the PUC and ask for
copy of the ADAD permit (888-782-8477). That should list a physical address
and telephone numbers used.
Tracking down POB Holder: You want Postal
Bulletin 21607 2-19-87, Page 11.
It's a request for PO Box owner information.
Phone numbers for 900 carriers need to be updated. The list posted at
the national Numbering plan are old and some do not apply any more.
Current number for MCI is 800 888 1800 and ask for the 900
Current number for AT&T is 800 323 6672 direct to the department.
I just learned about Verizon's Call 54 service. If you want to know
owns a number, you call the area code of the number and then 555-5454.
is an automated system, and I was told it now costs 95 cents a call.
the number is unlisted, you should get the information. I was calling
what appears to be a cell phone number, so apparently it may work for
SEC Complaint Center
450 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20549-0213
There's more information at http://www.sec.gov/complaint.shtml
See also investigative