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A financial services company that illegally dispatched tens of thousands of spam messages promising to help the recipients magically wipe away their debts is itself now a debtor to the UK’s data regulator. Oldham-based LADH Limited was fined £50,000 [PDF] by the Information Commissioner’s Office late last week for sending more …

  1. Roj Blake Silver badge

    Debt Relief

    Maybe they could ask someone for help with their debts, or consolidate everything into one handy monthly payment?

    But they'll probably just declare bankruptcy and set up under a new name.

  2. sanmigueelbeer
    WTF?

    Oldham-based LADH Limited was fined £50,000

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, wheeze, HAHAHA ... Oh, wait. Seriously? £50K ONLY???

    1. DJO Silver badge

      Actually that's comparatively high. For 31,000 text messages that comes to well over £1 per infringement while most previous fines worked out to just a few pence per message.

      Of course the odds of them actually paying the fine are not particularly good.

  3. Missing Semicolon Silver badge

    Last throw of the dice

    The company is already about to be struck off the Companies house register. It has never filed anything but initial accounts with only seed-corn money in it.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No opt-out?

    Glad to hear a spammer is getting nailed. But I have to challenge the statement that there's no opt-out in any of the messages. One of the two quoted texts says:

    "Check if you qualify text HELP or Stop2Stop."

    If I'm reading that poorly-punctuated line correctly, replying "Stop" would be an opt-out. (Whether a company that didn't do opt-in would listen to the opt-out, however, is highly questionable.)

    1. captain veg Silver badge

      Re: No opt-out?

      Ah, bless.

      -A.

  5. captain veg Silver badge

    There are people in the ICO?

    I rather imagined that some office cleaners just poked a keyboard and responded for laughs.

    They've done precisely nothing at all before before now.

    -A.

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