Cold calls about pensions are now illegal in some circumstances following a change in the law.
Unsolicited calls are the most common method for companies who operate pension scams to contact people and new legislation introduced by the government from 9 January aims to tackle this.
ICO Investigations Manager, Andy Curry, said:
”These calls cause untold misery to thousands of people and we are pleased that the law now offers greater protection to stop them being scammed out of their hard-earned pensions by unscrupulous operators.
“The ICO has powers to go after companies who make these nuisance calls and their directors and can impose fines of up to £500,000. We would encourage people to report calls like this to us to help us take action.”
The ban prohibits cold calling in relation to pensions, except where:
For further information, read the updated guidance for businesses in the telephone marketing section of the guide to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR).
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