Man Sues Text Spammer- Sunday Mirror Newspaper- Exclusive News Story- ***December 2013***

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Dad turns text detective as he hunts down cold callers then takes spam firms to court

Neil Pawson finally snapped after unwanted texts kept beeping on his phone throughout the night when his baby daughter was in hospital

A dad bombarded with spam emails and texts turned detective to track down the culprits – then successfully sued them.

Fed-up Neil Pawson, 47, finally snapped after unwanted texts kept beeping on his phone throughout the night when his baby daughter, now two, was in hospital with jaundice.

He had never opted in for marketing messages, so the software engineer feared his contact details had been obtained in breach of data privacy rules.

The married dad-of-one from Cambridge said: “It was driving me nuts. It’s illegal for them to get hold of my details in this way. I want to show it’s possible for ordinary people to confront these scammers.”

First he texted the company sending him the messages, and was called back by a firm called Compass.

Referring to the Data Protection Act, he forced Compass to reveal it had bought his contact details from Clarity Leads, which had bought them from Swansea-based Cryton Ltd.

Cryton settled with a £425 payout to Neil in July, but liquidated before the sum could be paid.

Another, Nouveau Finance, agreed out of court to pay £150.

However Neil’s main battle was with Advertising Excellence, which sent texts under the name Financial Lead Generation LLP, based in Gravesend, Kent.

They passed on details to Fairline Financial and Zebra Money Management.

Advertising Excellence settled out of court for £507.50, which Neil donated to Children in Need.

Steve Foreman, a partner in Financial Lead Generation LLP, said: “We decided to stop sending text messages as there were too many grey areas and we didn’t want to upset people.”

Nouveau Finance declined to comment. Zebra Money Management said: “Mr Pawson has accepted Zebra Money Management was not responsible for the unauthorised contact.”

Mark Brown, sales director of Fairline Financial, said the firm only used the data supplied to them once and adhered to strict rules.

Compass Debt Counsellors said in a statement: “We as a company only engage in lawful activity.



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