Another evening, another dodgy robocall on my mobile. This time it was from 08439 801 250 and anonymous, though a little digging reveals the number belongs to Money Help Marketing (director: Simon Benjamin Smith), who are also on 0333 002 0139.
Why do I say “dodgy” robocall? First, because automated calls can only be made to people who have given their permission in advance to received automated calls – such as the permission you might give your dentist to receive automated reminders for appointments. I’ve not done this for Money Help Marketing.
Second, because it contained the classic dodgy call fake information about how they supposedly have records about a past event for which I could be due money, but where – as usual – the claimed past event was wholly fictitious. The reason for doing is usually is the hope that if you ring enough people with a made-up story it will be true for some of them by chance.
So if you get a call from 08439 801 250 or from 0333 002 0139, ignore it. Ignore it, that is, except for one thing.
It’s always a good move to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner here. The regulator can move a little slowly, but movement happens when there are lots of complaints.