How to Block a Fax Number
By Merle Huerta
"Junk" or unsolicited calls from fax numbers aren't just an annoyance; they can be illegal, according to the Federal Trade Commission. While you can register a fax number through the "Do Not Call" registry, the Federal Trade Commission cautions that unsolicited fax numbers frequently operate outside the law and may not comply with the registry. If an unwanted fax number keeps calling your company's phones, there are measures you can take to reduce the frequency of or to block the number.
Set Junk Fax Mode to Block a Fax Number That Calls Your Fax Machine
Access the Junk Fax mode through the "Setup" mode on your fax machine. By default, most fax machines are set to Junk Fax Mode. However, it is necessary to add numbers to the "Junk" fax list.
Select "Junk Fax" mode if it's not selected. This feature blocks phone numbers entered onto the "Junk" fax list. You must have a caller ID service to use this feature.
Add numbers to the "Junk" fax list. According to HP.com, there are two ways to enter fax numbers onto the "Junk" fax list. You can scroll through caller ID history and select any unwanted fax numbers or enter the number manually.
Purchase a call-blocking service. The "Junk" fax list is effective but not foolproof. Sometimes, a solicitor's fax number is unavailable. Many providers offer a call-blocking service for a fee. In addition, many business-supply stores sell call-blocking devices. When attached to your telephone, the device hangs up on calls with long-distance trunks (i.e. numbers such as 800 and 866).
Items you will need
Caller ID service
Instructions for the Junk Fax Mode vary from one model of fax machine to another. Check the instructions in your model's user manual.
The same is true for the fax through email option on your website's domain. Check instructions for blocking unwanted fax numbers in your domain's help section.
Merle Huerta, an adjunct instructor of English skills, began writing during her husband's combat deployment to Iraq in 2003. Her articles have appeared in "The Jerusalem Post," LiteraryMama.com and USA Travel Tips, among other publications. Huerta has an M.A. in instructional media and technology from Columbia University and is a graduate of CUNY's The Writers Institute.