A man fought back against cold callers by setting up a personal premium rate number, earning £300 in the process.Lee Beaumont paid £10 plus VAT to set up his own 0871 line in November 2011.‘I was getting annoyed with the PPI calls when I’m trying to watch Coronation Street for instance, so I’d rather have an 0871 so I can make 10p a minute,’ the Leeds resident told BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme.
‘The best one I found was the 0871 as I could make a good chunk of money,’ he explained.
Mr Beaumont said he gave out the 0871 number when he needed to talk to utilities companies but had a separate line for his friends and family to call him on. ‘Sometimes they won’t call me, and I say fine, you’ve got my email address – email me.
And 99 per cent of the time they will use my 0871 number.’ He said he was ‘very honest’ if any of the firms asked him why he had done it, but added that the companies were not phoning him as often now which meant he was not earning so much money.
Last year he was getting 20 to 30 calls a month but only received 16 so far this month, he said.
Premium number regulator Phone Pay Plus has warned against other people following Mr Beaumont’s lead.
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