PPI text fraudsters face £250,000 fine

Two people are facing a fine of more than £250,000 after being accused of sending millions of spam text messages, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The messages claimed to offer payouts for mis sold payment protection insurance or for an accident the person had never had.

The pair, who work for the same company, have 28 days to prove they were complying within the law after members of the public reported almost 30,000 unsolicited calls or texts received from an unknown source over the past six months. If they fail to prove their innocence, they will face fines in excess of £250,000.

Simon Entwisle is the Director of Operations at the ICO:

“The public have told us that they are increasingly concerned about the illegal marketing texts and calls.

“These are often rogue companies claiming to offer payouts for accidents a person has never had or payment protection insurance (PPI) claims that they are not necessarily entitled to.

“While companies can phone people to sell them the latest product or service, the law states that individuals should not receive unsolicited texts or automated marketing calls unless they have given their permission.

“We know many companies are failing to do this and two individuals responsible for sending millions of illegal marketing messages are now facing six-figure penalties unless they can prove otherwise.”

Mr Entwisle confirmed the ICO is working hard to identify other rogue individuals and companies involved in these unlawful practices.

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