Someone PMed me asking for help blocking anonymous incoming fax spam using an OBi200.
1) If you have an Obihai ATA, refer to pages 34 and 35 of the PDF guide to block anonymous calls: http://forum.fongo.com/viewtopic.php?f= ... 805#p73839
*77 to Block Anonymous Calls
(dial *87 to Unblock Anonymous Calls)
3) a. Dial ***1
b. Enter the IP address you hear into a web browser
c. Navigate to Voice Services -> SP(FPL) Service -> Calling Features-->
Note that these three methods of anonymous call blocking with FPL drops incoming anonymous calls directly to FPL's voicemail system. FPL's voicemail system will automatically recognize that the incoming call is fax and convert the incoming fax to PDF file format. If you have voicemail to email enabled at https://www.freephoneline.ca/voicemailSettings (need to login), the PDF file will be forwarded to your email address.
4) https://forums.redflagdeals.com/newegg- ... #p28508682
Method #4 doesn't drop anonymous callers to FPL's voicemail system.
Also, from https://forums.redflagdeals.com/fido-wi ... #p25059721. . .
It's somewhat unfortunate that you don't have an Obihai ATA, which would allow you to create a whitelist and/or use the Telemarketing digitmap feature I mentioned previously.
FWIW, Fongo and FPL are sister companies owned by Fibernetics, the largest privately held CLEC in Canada. Fongo and FPL get their free numbers from Fibernetics. I use Fongo Mobile as a dedicated incoming fax line. That's what I like about it, to be honest. You can see the faxes right from within the app.
Anyway, I did have the fax issue you're having with a Fongo Mobile number (but never with my FPL number). I was getting Canadian spam fax calls. I then registered my Fongo Mobile number with the Do Not Call List. A month later or so, the incoming spam faxes stopped. My feeling is that these Canadian faxers that were previously bothering me were complying with the Do Not Call List.
So, presumably, if the faxes are coming from a Canadian source, in theory, you could add yourself to the Do Not Call list: https://www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/insnum-regnum-eng.
And then when your number with the Do Not Call List is in effect, you could, again, in theory, file complaints to the CRTC if you continue to get faxes from Canadian sources.
However, the do not call list is often considered a joke because it's a location for foreign telemarketers to collect everyone's phone number. And they'll just spoof or fake outgoing phone numbers and call you constantly. Foreign telemarketers are unlikely to care about Canadian rules, regulations, and laws, and I'm not sure what the RCMP, for example, can do about foreign scammers: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/index-eng.htm.
In theory, you can also call the business number (located somewhere on the faxes) and ask them to unregister your phone number. But you also run the risk of having the company give your phone number to other companies at that point. They know your phone number is active and accepts faxes. They can compile a list of working numbers for the purposes of marketing.
Pianoguy suggests the following:
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It should be noted that if a fax call reaches your FPL or Fongo Mobile voicemail, you will receive the fax automatically as a PDF file in your online FPL or Fongo Mobile account (which can also be forwarded automatically to your email account). You can adjust the number of rings before voicemail picks up in your FPL online account after logging in at https://www.freephoneline.ca/voicemailSettings. For Fongo Mobile users, login at https://account.fongo.com/admin/settings/voicemail/.PianoGuy wrote: ↑Jun 15th, 2015 10:23 amThe best way to deal with fax spam is to answer all calls. A physical answering machine would be good for this. If you don't have one, you could pick one up at a thrift store for $5. Alternately, (I assume the faxes are emailed to you) just set up a filter in your email client to automatically delete them.
I would have better suggestions, if they used predictable Caller ID.
Fongo Mobile questions should be posted in the RedFlagDeals Fongo Mobile thread: https://forums.redflagdeals.com/merged- ... e-1139985/.