Make sure it has wifi. Granted, most network connected ones will, but make sure. Mine is connected via an ethernet cable, I couldn’t tell you if it has wifi or not.
But, other than that, you had to set it up to be able to do this. IIRC, it was logging into the printer from a web address, turning on the ability and maybe registering something or another with HP. It’s opt in not opt out, or rather, you have to turn the feature on to get it working.
Yes. I couldn’t tell you which ones do or don’t but when I googled ‘hp printer scan to email’, there was hits for HP’s website which went to pages about setting up (or troubleshooting) scanning to email. So, it exists, but that’s the extent of my knowledge WRT to HP printers scanning to email. It sounds like, if you do this, you’ll want it to be very easy. Like, insert the sheet they want scanned, hit a button and they’ll get an email a minute later. So you might want to pull up their directions on HP’s website (or whatever printer you’re looking at) and see how complicated it is, or rather, how easy you can make it, and decide if it’s worth spending the extra money. At work, I did something similar. I set up a scanner that, upon putting the paper in it’ll ask you for a destination. All you have to do is hit the “speed dial 1” button and it’ll drop the PDF on a raspberry pi to which I then put a shortcut on the desktops of the people that will use the scanner. Pretty convenient actually.
You can easily (well, easy if you’re a little bit tech savvy) turn off it’s ability to receive emails and I think you can black list emails (or it might use a white list system, it’s been years since I set it up). Also, don’t quote me on this, but you might also be able to change it’s email address if it’s really a problem.
Not just ‘back in the day’, it’s still going strong. I mean, we used to get 5 or 10 a day and now it’s closer to 1 or 2 a week, but it’s still a problem. Luckily, since we only send out faxes and don’t actually get them from anyone anymore, I finally set up our fax line to be outgoing only. No more junk faxes.
@Tired_and_Cranky I have a suggestion to you. Install RealVNC (server on their computer, client on yours). It quietly runs in the background and doesn’t use up a whole lot of resources. Any time you need to help them with computer issues, you can very easily log into their computer and take control of it. Other than a very small amount of lag, it’s about as good as sitting in front of it as you can get without actually sitting in front of it.
At work, I installed it on all the other computers since I’m constantly being asked to help other people with things. Now, when someone says ‘this excel sheet is printing three pages, but there’s only stuff on one’, I can pull up their screen and fix the problem. The fun part is, the furthest computer from my desk is about 10 feet away. But between not being able to see the screen and not wanting to walk over there, this has worked really well.
In fact, I installed it on my (work) computer back in March when Covid started. That way if I ended up in quarantine I’d be able to pull up my computer from home and still be able to do things like take care of payroll or other bookkeeping things that may not be able to wait for me to get back and would have otherwise required me to walk someone through it over the phone.
TLDR, set up RealVNC and you can control their computer from your house.