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Firms face raids and fines of up to £500,000 for sending unsolicited text messages about credit or compensation.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said tackling the issue was a “high priority”.
Typical messages claim recipients are entitled to money, promise to write off debts or find a loan, or suggest accident compensation can be claimed. But in many cases, the products they are selling can actually make people financially worse off.
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People in parts of the UK will have to dial the area code for local phone calls from next year.
Telecoms regulator Ofcom is introducing the change to boost the supply of spare numbers in areas where they are scarce.
Bournemouth is set to be the first town to pilot the system from the middle of next year, before it is likely to be extended to Brighton, Aberdeen, Milton Keynes, Bradford and Cambridge by 2016.
People will not be charged any more for calls within the same area code.
Currently, it is not necessary to use the area code when making a local call anywhere in the UK.