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Things like this amuse me greatly. Occasionally I'll do a mousehunt myself (and teach others how — cf. http://saizai.com/tcpa.pdf) but it's rare that I find a sufficiently juicy / annoying target to be worth the time.

I'm a bit surprised that this kind of internet-based "will dox any scammer" search isn't already a well established service. Could be done from anywhere, therefore relatively cheaply (requires fairly advanced search skills and very good recordkeeping to make it evidence-worthy).

Combine that with an all-state network of lawyers willing to nail fraudsters on contingency if provided with good dox, and a basic "give us what you received, we'll do the rest and give you 30% of the verdict" direct-to-consumer pitch… and you have a fraud-nailing business that could do some real good.
How to track down a scammer. Two weeks ago, 'Ken', a writer at the politics/law/gaming blog Popehat, got a fax in the vein of the toner scam - an invoice from a company he'd never done business with, ...
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Thank you, Sai! I had no idea what I'd write about tonight - until this. Beauty!
 
I actually look forward to telesales calls just so I can say "telephone preferential list! Obviously your company wouldn't encourage illegal behaviour, would it? So if I could take your name and address..."

Same reason I'm waiting for Jehovah's Witnesses to come visiting. And why I told the cavity-wall insulation bloke that our front door was "Grade 3 Listed"... :-D
 
Thanks for pointing us to that blog. It's amazing. I do a lot of investigation like that about email scams, and I'm learning lots of new stuff.
 
+Sai . The telephone preferential list is the UK equivalent. "In theory", non-charity / non-political organisations, phoning from within the UK to a telephone preference list number, without the prior permission of the householder, can be fined £5000. No one has ever been prosecuted, but it almost "works"
 
In the US, unsolicited commercial faxes are illegal without a prior business relationship. You don't have to be on a do-not-fax list. But it's hard to prove a negative, and they can call a business, ask for the fax number, then say Jane the receptionist told them it was okay to fax.
 
As far as I can tell, the telephone preferential list isn't actually used for prosecution. It's a system by which companies are reported to the Information Commissioner's Office in a single "regular report" and then the ICO can chose to submit whole companies for prosecution if they see fit.
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