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New action to stop nuisance phone calls






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People hate telephone calls from companies trying to sell them something. They are also called 'nuisance calls' or 'cold calls'. Britain's government wants to stop them. It wants to make sure the company that calls cannot hide its telephone number. With most nuisance calls, we cannot see any telephone number. People could report companies who make nuisance calls. In the future, cold callers could get a fine of up to $720,000.

Around 75% of people in Britain get monthly cold calls. The number of people who get them on their mobiles increased by 20 per cent in two years. One company made 40 million cold calls in three months. Britain's minister for data protection said: "There is no simple solution to the problem." She said making companies show their telephone number would help people take action. She added that these calls were annoying and caused some people misery.

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