A COMPANY which made a staggering 75 million nuisance calls in just four months has been fined £350,000.

Miss-sold Products UK, now registered in Darlington, made the automated marketing calls between November 16 2015 and March 7 2016 when it was registered to an address in Wales.

Some people received numerous intrusive calls, and were left feeling harassed and anxious by the calls at all times of day and night by the recorded messages which mainly promoted PPI compensation claims.

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However the company, which has been registered at an address in Victoria Road since the summer, was acting unlawfully because it did not have the consent of the people it was calling.

It also broke the law by not identifying the organisation making the calls, while also using 'value added' numbers which cost money to call back. The revenue from this is then passed to associated companies and the network carrier.

Now the Information Commissioners Office has fined the company after receiving 146 complaints from the public.

Some said they were unable to opt out of the calls and others were concerned that late-night calls may have been from family members or from people they cared for.

The director of Mis-sold – which had its registered office in Milford Haven, Wales, before it was moved to Darlington in 2017 – had applied to strike it off the Companies House register but the ICO has blocked the move pending enforcement action.

This, the ICO said, was to look at all options for recovering the penalty and to 'fully scrutinise' the actions of the director.

Andy Curry, ICO Enforcement Group Manager, said: "The company blatantly ignored the laws on telephone marketing, making a huge volume of intrusive calls over a short period of time and without any apparent attempt to ensure they had the consent of the people they were harassing.

"The ICO will come down hard on rogue operators who want to treat the law and the UK public with contempt. We hope the Government will bring forward plans to introduce personal liability for directors as a matter of urgency, to stop them escaping punishment after profiting from nuisance calls and texts.

"In the absence of a change in the law, the ICO will continue to face challenges in the recovery of penalties, and rogue directors will think they can get away with causing nuisance to members of the public."

Another company registered to the same Victoria Road address for a brief time, and sharing some directors, was fined £350,000 in September after making 146m calls in four months.