Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
Did you receive a fax from 800-670-1823 or 800-670-3519 or other 800 numbers, subject "Employee Vacation Holiday Reminder", claiming "This is a friendly reminder to those who have not yet booked a vacation through our corporate rewards department"? It is a junk fax scam. While the names, numbers and exact wording may change, if it looks like the example below, it is just a sleazy attempt to disguise an advertisement as an authorized company communication.
The scammer either bought your fax number off of a list of verified fax machine phone numbers, or made his own list, using an autodialer to randomly dial phone numbers until it hears a fax receiving tone on the other end.
The scams work the same way as in email or telephone; usually it is "hot stock tip" scam (see this page about stock and security scams) or it is a basic advanced fee fraud (AFF, also called "Nigerian 419 scams, see this page)
Autofax dialers can produce, store, and dial telephone numbers using a random or sequential number generator. Often, they dial every number in a sequence, hoping that some are valid and they will connect to a fax machine.