Do you, like me get plagued by nuisance calls, trying to sell you insurance or offering “unmissable” deals?
If not just wait til you get solar panels installed!
Well it seems that Lee Beaumont from Leeds was so incensed by the never ending interruptions, that he decided to get his own back, by purchasing his own “0871” number, which is the number he now gives out to when he needs to talk with utility companies, but he retained his own number which family and friends could use when they called him.
His original plan was simply to stop the cold calls, but as some carried on calling him, he started turning a profit since anyone who now called him using the 0871 number was charged 10p per minute, out of which he automatically makes a profit of 7p.
After installing the number the nuisance calls, which had been averaging 20-30 per month dropped dramatically to about 16, nevertheless over the past 7 years he’s amassed over £2000 in clear profit from those who keep calling.
However the premium number regulator, Phone Pay Plus states that, “Premium-rate numbers are not designed to be used in this way and we would discourage others from following this example as they could be liable under our code for any breaches and subsequent resulting fines.”
Being a Tuesday, I was pleased once more to be joined by Margaret Mills who took as back to a very wet TILLINGHAM, back in October 1859.
To be precise it was on the 22nd of October when Tillingham and the surrounding area were struck by a cloudburst like no other.
Tillingham itself was under 2 feet of water and by that evening had been completely cut off, whilst roads in Latchingdon, had vanished below the water line and in Purleigh a man was drowned in a “wall of water” whilst trying to rescue a pony.
If you missed it you can listen again here to Margaret’s description of the events of that fateful day: –
I very much hope to have your company again next week,