Official Internet Optimization Bureau Fax Scam

If you have recently received a fax from the Official Internet Optimization Bureau your first step should be to clean the slime off of your fax machine.

Your second step is to place said fax in your circular file.

We received this fax with its "official seal" and cover sheet to forward to Accounts Payable–probably because these people have money but don’t know that this is a scam. It was also labeled "Second Reminder." Since I can count the number of faxes we get in a month on one hand I know this is the first one we’ve received.

In small print on the second page in a block of small print it does say that "you are under no obligation to pay unless you subscribe," but everything else screams "second notice" and "it’s that time of year again" and "annual website monitoring bundle" as if we’ve been paying this all along.

While there are many legitimate search engine optimization companies here in Maine and around the world, anyone who tries to trick you into working with them doesn’t have a lot of confidence in their own abilities.

Since many of these companies have multiple names, your fax might come from a different company. Generally, legitimate SEO companies don’t market by sending unsolicited faxes pretending to be overdue invoices.

But you knew that, right?

BTW, if you want to "opt-out" of this offer by calling 1-888-250-7163. I’m sure they’ll gladly take you off their list. Probably they hired that out-of-work AOL rep.

Rich Brooks
I Got Your Back

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18 Responses to “Official Internet Optimization Bureau Fax Scam”

  1. Kim Leach

    Thank you for the information on this fax scam. My company received this fax and my IT mananger wanted me to do some research on this. I am glad to see this was a recent article too.

  2. Kim Leach

    Thank you for the information on this fax scam. My company received this fax and my IT mananger wanted me to do some research on this. I am glad to see this was a recent article too.

  3. Kyle Knapp

    we just got this today, but ours says "Final Reminder Notice". This stuff gets my blood boiling! Aside from being fraudulent (at least borderline), isn't it illegal to send unsolicited faxes? Is there some way to prosecute these sleazeballs?

    Grrr!!

  4. Kyle Knapp

    we just got this today, but ours says "Final Reminder Notice". This stuff gets my blood boiling! Aside from being fraudulent (at least borderline), isn't it illegal to send unsolicited faxes? Is there some way to prosecute these sleazeballs?

    Grrr!!

  5. Paul Clark

    We too received the "Final Notice" from these birds. We took two actions: 1) Filed a Form 475 with the FCC for the Telephone Privacy Act violation and 2) forewarded the info on the fax to Homeland Security. Received an immediate reply from a Security Threat Analyst at DHS. Evidently these guys are not a security threat, but they have received many inputs from disgruntled recipients such as us. Encoiurage the FCC filings. They tell me that they use a database to aggregate complaints and they go after the ones for which they have the most complaints. Fines can be large.

    Hope the SOB's get fined big time!

  6. Paul Clark

    We too received the "Final Notice" from these birds. We took two actions: 1) Filed a Form 475 with the FCC for the Telephone Privacy Act violation and 2) forewarded the info on the fax to Homeland Security. Received an immediate reply from a Security Threat Analyst at DHS. Evidently these guys are not a security threat, but they have received many inputs from disgruntled recipients such as us. Encoiurage the FCC filings. They tell me that they use a database to aggregate complaints and they go after the ones for which they have the most complaints. Fines can be large.

    Hope the SOB's get fined big time!

  7. Dick McKelleb

    We received 2 faxes today. Federal law requires that a fax contain the phone number of the sender, & I notice these do NOT have a phone number on them. I don't have the time to pursue this, but just another indication that this is a scam.

  8. Dick McKelleb

    We received 2 faxes today. Federal law requires that a fax contain the phone number of the sender, & I notice these do NOT have a phone number on them. I don't have the time to pursue this, but just another indication that this is a scam.

  9. Loren

    I just got spammed via fax by them today, I sent them an email telling them I was reporting them for sending unsolicited faxes, then they offered me free SEO… YEA RIGHT! I would never let attempt seo on my site let alone touch my code.. they are crazy, anyways if you want to get back at them check out http://www.faxrecoverysystems.com/
    you can report them to that URL and they will take care of all the paper work for reporting and unsolicited fax and you will receive $100!! You know what is funny, if they are so good at SEO they why aren't they at the top of google for the terms Internet Optimization Bureau… the first results are about how they are a scam! HAHA

  10. Loren

    I just got spammed via fax by them today, I sent them an email telling them I was reporting them for sending unsolicited faxes, then they offered me free SEO… YEA RIGHT! I would never let attempt seo on my site let alone touch my code.. they are crazy, anyways if you want to get back at them check out http://www.faxrecoverysystems.com/
    you can report them to that URL and they will take care of all the paper work for reporting and unsolicited fax and you will receive $100!! You know what is funny, if they are so good at SEO they why aren't they at the top of google for the terms Internet Optimization Bureau… the first results are about how they are a scam! HAHA

  11. Sarcastro

    Thanks for the info.

    My favorite part is "This offer is and has always been limited to websites that meet our special criteria". Seeing as our websites are really meant for our clients/vendors I suppose the criteria is "doesn't actually need our service (even if we were legit)".

  12. Sarcastro

    Thanks for the info.

    My favorite part is "This offer is and has always been limited to websites that meet our special criteria". Seeing as our websites are really meant for our clients/vendors I suppose the criteria is "doesn't actually need our service (even if we were legit)".

  13. Rod Schwartz

    Thanks for providing this forum!
    I, too, was fax-spammed on 10/17. Scams like this are a dime a dozen, as are the losers behind them. Obviously the guy's a predator and a crook. Can you imagine living a life like that and having to look at yourself in the mirror every morning?

  14. Rod Schwartz

    Thanks for providing this forum!
    I, too, was fax-spammed on 10/17. Scams like this are a dime a dozen, as are the losers behind them. Obviously the guy's a predator and a crook. Can you imagine living a life like that and having to look at yourself in the mirror every morning?

  15. Jim Lyons

    Have been in business, I think since the day after God made mud. This is the first and only time that I have used this type of facility (blog) to complain or B…. about something and it really makes me feel great knowing after reading the entries on this page that there are so many others that this type of scam bothers and they have the "whatever" to make their thoughts known. I am sure I am similiar to some of them not knowing who to complain to and got that information from reading "Loren's" entry this page. Thank you. I know what assuming does to each individual but feel that I am going to use that site to report the daily number of faxes received on employee group hospitalization and life insurance companies. Thanks again, enjoyed the page and the entries. Have made it a bookmark entry. Look forward to a regular check-in for current updates. Jim

  16. Jim Lyons

    Have been in business, I think since the day after God made mud. This is the first and only time that I have used this type of facility (blog) to complain or B…. about something and it really makes me feel great knowing after reading the entries on this page that there are so many others that this type of scam bothers and they have the "whatever" to make their thoughts known. I am sure I am similiar to some of them not knowing who to complain to and got that information from reading "Loren's" entry this page. Thank you. I know what assuming does to each individual but feel that I am going to use that site to report the daily number of faxes received on employee group hospitalization and life insurance companies. Thanks again, enjoyed the page and the entries. Have made it a bookmark entry. Look forward to a regular check-in for current updates. Jim