The innocent-sounding National Advice Clinic is currently in need of a chat with an advisor about some extreme financial advice, having been landed with an enormous £850,000 fine for plaguing the UK with a staggering six million unsolicited nuisance calls.
Making six million telephone calls is impressive enough on its own, with the NAC managing to place all of its spam calls between just October of 2014 and April 2015. It was calling people to see if they were liable for compensation for noise-induced hearing loss; a problem that it ironically must've substantially worsened across the UK by ringing six million bloody telephones.
The Claims Management Regulator took forward the case and decided on the size of the fine, with the investigation revealing that many of the 2,000 people who complained about the company -- and its rebranded subdivisions the Industrial Hearing Clinic and Central Compensation Office -- had already put their numbers on the Telephone Preference Service, a database supposedly put in place to stop such junk calls.
The CMR's Kevin Rousell said: "They showed an alarming disregard for the misery their tactics can cause, particularly to elderly and vulnerable people, and the size of this penalty demonstrates how seriously we take this issue." [BBC]