Nixon Wants End to Junk Faxes
Darron Sheets from Jim's Bike and Key Shop put together his own list of companies that sent him junk faxes. He says its become such a burden he turned off his fax machine. Some businesses however use other methods.
"Send it back and therefore it printed more of their toner and more of their ink, over time they just quit sending faxes," explained computer technician Chris Herbold.
This year alone, small businesses have filed more than 1200 complaints about junk faxes. Attorney General Jay Nixon filed a lawsuit against 13 fax advertisers for violating both federal and state laws. Nixon says junk faxes are tying up the lines of small businesses, they're wasting paper toner, and even time. As a result the cost of these advertisements is being passed on to the consumer.
"It was more of a nuisance probably maybe the cost of 25, at most 25 cents a sheet as they came through. Not a real high cost but just an annoyance."
Nixon says he'd like businesses to be able to register fax numbers on the state's no call list.Any consumers who get unsolicited faxes should file a complaint with the Missouri Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-800-392-8222.