Are you sure its a fax and not a modem?
Not sure what you do if it is a modem, but I can't think of any obvious
way to 'talk' back to it without knowing what its trying to do. One
hint might be that a fax machine would generally pick up the line,
whilst most modems wouldn't.
Reverse search directories are illegal under UK Data Protection laws.
Faxing the number will only work if their equipment accepts incoming
faxes, which it might not if it is some automated fax-out system.
If you report it to BT Malicious Calls Bureau they can give you Choose
to Refuse for a month free. You can also report it to your local Police
as a crime under the Prevention from Harassment Act. The Police do have
access to reverse search facilities.
While we're talking about free fax services...
Others have already mentioned the outbound free fax service provided
It is also possible to get free inbound fax from either www.efax.com
I forget which is which, but one has a free service (works via a
national rate number, so some people/companies may not want to fax to
it). Also I think the level of spam into my wife's account increased
when she subscribed.
There are doubtless other companies doing this, but this is the only
free one i've found.
They're the same company; I used the .com address to set mine up many
years ago. It's an ideal solution for me just to be able to receive
faxes very occasionally; it's always from businesses so the 0870 number
really isn't an issue (not as if it's an 09** number).
Note that it's quite hard to find to the free (incoming only) service;
they direct you firmly towards the paid-for version. 'Limited account'
I think is what you need. Possibly not available on the .co.uk site?
Re spam: I submitted a dedicated email to efax when I subscribed, and
I've never received any emails on that account other than those from
efax. However, you do have to "opt-in" to promotional emails from them,
although I don't class that as spam because I choose to receive it. I
never see it anyway, as it gets taken care of by my Popfile antispam filter.
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