OFT wants to stop annoying cold calls
If you're sick of getting those pre-recorded phone calls telling you how you can get out of debt with the help of a government program or a non-profit debt help group, those calls will probably stop soon, if the Office of Fair Trade has its way.
Not only are these phone calls annoying, but they are illegal in many cases. If these firms (who have to remain nameless for the time being) are taking advantage of people in dire straits over debt problems, they have to stop ASAP.
These firms are accused of being dishonest about their identities and misleading people by telling them they have been "chosen" to be part of a government plan to eliminate consumer debt. They also disregarded the fact that many of those called had registered with the Telephone Preference Service to opt out of telemarketing calls.
If you're one of those unlucky chosen few, you can report the calls to the Consumer Direct advice service of the OFT by phoning 08454 04 05 06, or by visiting the Consumer Direct website.