REGULATORS have announced a clampdown on unsolicited phone calls and texts from family members.
With 60 per cent of people saying the thought of speaking to their mother makes them afraid to answer their phones, Ofcom are imposing fines of up to £50,000.
A spokesman said: “Sadly, if just one call in a thousand is answered that’s considered a worthwhile ratio for these relatives.
“And once they’ve got you on the phone they refuse to let you go, asking intrusive questions about your daily habits and financial situation.
“We’re working to stop them, but be warned that they may resort to visiting to your home.”
Tom Booker of Swindon said: “I can’t go to the cinema without coming out to find another six texts telling me I might be entitled to a roast dinner at Auntie Mary’s this Sunday if I’d just give her a call.
“I wouldn’t mind if there was a chance of any money at the end of it, but it’s just a scam to get you to call back.”