Thursday, December 01, 2005

UK taxman making nuisance calls

In Britain, if you answer the phone and it's one of those silent calls, it may be the Inland Revenue service calling. According to MP John Hemming, the tax authority is making up to 300,000 of these calls a year, using something called "predictive dialling", where several calls are made at once, but the caller only talks to the first person who happens to answer (hint: always let your phone ring several times before picking it up!)

Interestingly, the Government recently approved an increase in fines for this practice to 50,000 pounds. At 300,000 calls, the taxman could be on the line for 15 billion pounds in fines. Doesn't that warm your heart?

The Inland Revenue are now "reconsidering" their practices.

BBC report.


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