I'm writing this so that, hopefully, it will be indexed by Google, and others will be able to find it.
Recently, I've been getting a lot of emails from eFax about "my eFax account".
Now, I can assure you I have not set up an eFax account - these mails are addressed to my work email. Why would I set up an eFax number for work, where I have a perfectly good fax number?
Clearly, "somebody else" signed my work email up for an eFax account. Why? Most likely to cash in on a referral program.
Now, if eFax were following accepted industry best practices, they would have sent an email to my work address saying "somebody has signed this address up for an eFax account, please respond if you really want this, otherwise do nothing and we will forget it."
So, in my mind this makes them spammers, pure and simple. It also makes them pretty stupid as well, as they are being ripped off by the folks cashing in on the referral program giving them bogus names. But then again, that IS rule #1 of spammers - spammers are stupid.
When this started, I did my usual - Google for "efax spam" to see if there was a raft of hits. There was not.
Well, I figure I'll put this in my Journal, and put this JE in my sig line, and with a bit of luck it will be indexed, and at least one hit will show up.
Since the raft of hits did NOT show up, and since eFax seems to be at least TRYING to act like a "rezponuble bidnizmens", I sent them a short nastygram with their last email - we shall see what comes of that.
(Before you say "Wowbagger you fool! NEVER respond to a remove link or spam!" - my work email is already comprimised - I get 20 spams a day that make it through the corporate spam filter. I've had this email address for thirteen years, and have used it in several technical forums.)
Addendum: Withing TENS OF MINUTES of my sending them a nastygram, and receiving an auto-ack for it, they send me a spam about joining Stamps.com
And the reason I made those links is to better attract Google.
Addendum (25 Oct 2004): Once again, eFax.com spammed me with a "How to change your eFax number" spam. Again - this was *after* they had terminated the account that I never created in the first place.
So I once again sent them a nastygram about not spamming me - this one CC'ed to their upstream net provider AND their domain registrar.
So, they respond to me - that they cannot help me change the number as they have canceled it. In other words, instead of reading the mail I sent, they just responded to the spam they sent me.
More proof - eFax.com are spammers.