Home2Sense Ltd of Lampeter, Wales made 675,478 nuisance calls. June 2020 and March 2021, offering insulation services to people registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).
It is against the law to make marketing calls to phone numbers that have been registered with the TPS for more than 28 days unless the recipient has notified the company that they do not object to receiving such calls.
Home2Sense Ltd told ICO investigators that customer data was acquired from an “unknown source” and blamed its staff for not screening the phone numbers in their database against the TPS.
Following more than 60 complaints from the public, the. ICO’s investigation found that the company identified itself with different trading names when calling customers, including ‘Cozy Loft’, ‘Warmer Homes’ and ‘Comfier Homes’. This is also illegal.
- “Asked to speak to Mrs [Redacted] who happens to be my late mother who passed away over 10 years ago as the loft insulation needs to be surveyed as it may cause problems. They called 3 times. This was distressing as they were asking to speak to my late mother. Surely being on the TPS register should stop these calls and they need to be prosecuted.” (sic)
- “Said they were a local surveyor and said I’d had loft insulation replaced a long time ago. Also said I might be eligible for a free grant to replace it again. They knew my name, my address, and my telephone number. This is my recently deceased mother’s house that I have just inherited in the last few months. It was extremely upsetting to have someone deliberately cold-call me. They said it was not illegal to phone someone on the. TPS list and they couldn’t be fined for doing this.” (sic)
- “They were in our area asking about our loft insulation. Wouldn’t take no for an answer so I hung up and blocked their number.” (sic)
- “A cold call offering a free survey of our roof insulation. Hard sell and harassing. We have been registered with. TPS for many years but, although the number of nuisance calls has reduced, there are still too many unsolicited sales calls.” (sic)