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Junk fax, in case you hadn’t noticed, was made illegal in 1991; senders of this sort of crap were of course mortified, and duly invoked their First Amendment rights to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” presumably with, um, sweeteners. In 2006, the new rules were set forth:

In April 2006, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) implemented changes to the fax advertising rules of the TCPA. The new rules: (1) codify an established business relationship (EBR) exemption to the prohibition on sending unsolicited fax advertisements; (2) define EBR as used in the context of unsolicited fax advertisements; (3) require the sender of fax advertisements to provide specified notice and contact information on the fax that allows recipients to “opt-out” of any future transmissions from the sender; and (4) specify the circumstances under which a request to “opt-out” complies with the Act.

Over the intervening years, I have had received basically three flavors of junk fax: travel-agency crap, life-insurance crap, and business-loan crap. The example on exhibit today is of the third flavor:

Your high Dun & Bradstreet business score of 81 has pre-approved your business for a Line of Credit up to $250K. Because of your high business score, we can offer your business a Working Capital Loan, or Equipment Financing for either new or used equipment.

Well, no. D&B has two scores, the Commercial Credit Score, which ranges from 101 to 670, so I’m assuming this is not the one they meant. The other is called Paydex, which is concerned solely with whether you pay your bills on time. It runs 1 to 100, and somewhere around 70 is considered a passing grade.

This thing was “signed” by “Steve Rogers,” described as a “funding specialist” in “Chicago.” There follows an Unsubscribe number, but I’d just as soon not provide any further evidence that my fax number works.


  1. Roger Green »

    4 June 2015 · 9:57 am

    I still get that vacation fax, “my” PR department making trips available at discount,

  2. fillyjonk »

    4 June 2015 · 12:17 pm

    “Steve Rogers.” Uh-oh. Does this mean superheroing doesn’t pay as well as we’ve been led to believe?

  3. CGHill »

    4 June 2015 · 1:20 pm

    This will be addressed in a future episode.

  4. Roger Green »

    4 June 2015 · 1:22 pm

    I LOVE foreshadowing!

  5. McGehee »

    4 June 2015 · 4:14 pm

    If I were running a business that had vendors and/or clients asking for a fax number, I would inform them that my business operates in the 21st century, and if they can’t figure out how to use email instead of faxing they might want to consider hiring someone who can.

    We have a home fax machine. In a box somewhere. Unless I already hauled it to the dump.

    Which, I wouldn’t put it past me.

  6. Joseph Hertzlinger »

    6 June 2015 · 11:11 pm

    You don’t get junk faxes from roofing materials companies?

  7. CGHill »

    6 June 2015 · 11:37 pm

    Not yet, I don’t, and don’t say a word.

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