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Pair face £250k fine for spam texts
The information watchdog has said two people have been fined more than 250,000 pounds over spam text messages
Two people who sent millions of spam text messages face being fined more than £250,000, the information watchdog said.
The messages often claimed to offer payouts for accidents a person has never had or payment protection insurance (PPI) claims that they are not necessarily entitled to, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said.
The pair are accused of illegally sending millions of unsolicited texts and have 28 days to prove they were complying with the law or face fines totalling more than £250,000, the ICO added.
Simon Entwisle, the ICO's director of operations, said: "The public have told us that they are increasingly concerned about the illegal marketing texts and calls.
"These are often made by 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 added: "We are already working to identify other individuals and companies involved in these unlawful practices."
The ICO has written to both individuals to confirm that it intends to issue the penalties for breaching the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR), which regulate electronic marketing, a spokesman said.
Members of the public have reported almost 30,000 calls or texts received from an unknown sender in the last six months, Mr Entwisle said on the ICO's blog.