War on the PPI sharks: Warning to rogue firms as pair who sent spam texts are fined 440,000

War on the PPI sharks: Warning to rogue firms as pair who sent spam texts are fined 440,000Chris Niebel and Gary McNeish created a database of PPI claimants who responded to the 840,000 spam texts they sent per day The pair have been fined a total of 440,000 | UPDATED: 23:55 GMT, 28 November 2012 Rogue firms which cash in by bombarding millions with nuisance texts and calls face a crackdown. The claims companies face prosecution and hefty fines for using personal information gathered illegally to target the public. Many of the unsolicited texts or recorded messages boast that recipients could be entitled to compensation from the mis-selling of Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) by banks.