Are you plagued by nuisance phone calls?

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It could be the end of the line for cold callers … ministers are planning a change in the law to fine firms who bombard millions of Britons with unsolicited phone calls with fines of up to £500,000.

The move follows tens of thousands of complaints about cold calling.

The government says the number of complaints has risen in the past decade and the issue is particularly acute for the elderly and housebound as such calls can cause distress and anxiety.

Are you plagued by nuisance calls on your home phone or mobile? Do you dread picking up the phone? How do you respond to unsolicited calls?

 

Are you plagued by nuisance phone calls?

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Wilf
4th Aug 2015
0
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It drives me mad every other day I get an automated call on my mobile. The government should stop it-period!
Notdeadyet
10th May 2015
1
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I must be among the few lucky ones who do not get many of these calls. There was a time when I could say I did not get any but there are a few creeping in over the past year or two. I did subscribe to TPS in the past, not sure if that is still active or whether it needs to be renewed every year or so. I must make a note of that suggestion to blow a whistle down the line - my mother somehow or other obtained an old police whistle at one point in her life, which I now have!
nagonthenet
22nd Apr 2015
0
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Best remedy is to buy and use a whistle. Ear splitting = they won't ring back in a hurry.
Philip PM
18th Apr 2015
0
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After the PPI scandal, I'm anticipating shoals of tele-sharks now looking for fresh business in persuading us all to invest our pensions with them.
DJSwaithe
27th Mar 2015
0
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I am with talktalk and when I get a nuisance phone call and as long as a number is displayed then use last caller blocker which is free from talktalk. After the call dial 14258 * * and that should do it.
111clairwood
12th Mar 2015
1
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I have had to buy a "call blocker" machine so blissfully at peace
SovereignInventory
6th Mar 2015
1
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Don't forget, a lot of the people who are making these calls are are only doing their job - a job which our 'lovely' Govt are only too quick to take credit for. Seriously, the TPS cannot stop the majority of the calls we receive as they originate form foreign call centres who use number generators or have been sold people's details by unscrupulous greedy companies. I saw a good example of what to say to these callers on TV the other day, the comedian Lee Hurst apparently said to the nuisance caller that he was a bit to busy cutting up a body in the bath - had the desired effect.
ironpot
6th Mar 2015
1
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I hate them with a vengeance. I usually shout at the call, even though it's a machine on the other end. If I could get hold of the people who set these things up, I would cheerfully strangle them.
Peter
6th Mar 2015
1
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Yes we get them all the time and we are registered for the TPS. We rarely answer the home phone line these days as it always seems to be a nuisance recorded call. These companies should be heavily fined or closed down altogether.
Gill12345
5th Mar 2015
2
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Used to get them all the time but purchased new phones from BT which have a call screening facility which I use and have not had any cold callers since. Recommended the purchase to both my sister and mum who also are now free from cold callers. I would definitely recommend these but they obviously come at a cost.
Bonny Jameson
4th Mar 2015
2
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There are still too many! Following on from the "miss sold PPI" calls I am now being repeatedly asked about my recent accident - which I haven't had.
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I get calls about car accidents I have apparently had, I just ask them if I was okay after the accident or did I get hurt or worse. They normally hang up at that point
nagonthenet
2nd Mar 2015
4
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Buy a loud whistle and answer the phone with it. They won't ring again.
Gwydion
1st Mar 2015
3
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I've started to get calls from different numbers, both UK and overseas which are unrecognised or withheld. If I answer there's either no one there or when I ask what it is about, they hang up. I have checked online and a lot of people are getting these calls. There is no attempt to get information or sign me up to anything so it's baffling.
daydreams
1st Mar 2015
3
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We just don't answer the phone!
kevs
1st Mar 2015
3
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It is the bane of my life PPI and supposed car accidents I have had on average at least one each day to my mobile number. They are getting cleverer as they often do not use 0800numbers .
alexj1950
27th Feb 2015
4
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I must be very lucky as I rarely get any but it must be so frustrating for people if the do
Robbinn
27th Feb 2015
3
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I rarely use my landline and any unknown number is immediately diverted to answerphone; it doesn't even ring. The numbers that get through are 'banned' but we still get calls although less and less now.
I don't get nuisance calls on my mobile (yet) and would like to get rid of my landline (BT) but I use it for my internet connection and I need a good strong download/upload which around here is best from BT.
For the few calls I get through, I try not to get stressed out and immediately tell them to take me off their list. I emailed one company who kept calling and appeared not to take me off their list and they were very apologetic and I have had no more calls from them. I understand they have to remove your number if requested.
ginnel99
26th Feb 2015
5
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Supposed to be on the telephone preference service but get about ten nuisance calls daily.
mick2e1hzm
26th Feb 2015
5
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A friend of mine has the answer when you answer say just a minute put the phone down and go about what you where doing in a few minute you will hear a tone just pick your phone up and put it back on the stand he hardly gets any calls now.
lillibet
26th Feb 2015
5
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The phone i have displays the no's , any i don't know i don't answer.
huggled
26th Feb 2015
3
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They call all hours but no one answers when you lift the phone the government say they come from abroad and can't do anything about them !
pollygranit
25th Feb 2015
3
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It's ok the government saying they will stop them but you get abroad callers getting routed through 0845 numbers they r clever people setting these up
How will they stop those calls ?
jackj
25th Feb 2015
4
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These kind of calls where really annoying until my grandson helped me setup an app on my phone .... now I can set my phone to ring only when I already have the number that's calling me (so only people I know); it will still display a message that someone is calling me but it doesn't ring. You can even black list numbers and set some more complex rules...but I haven't got the hand of those yet.
I've noticed that the more unwanted calls you don't answer the less calls you get... I guess they remove you from some databases.

So if you have a smart phone ask someone who knows about phones to help you set up such a call screening app. I would tell you what mine's called but I can't seem to find the damn thing.
I'm kind of useless when it comes to technology.
So the best strategy in my opinion is "ignore them maybe they'll go away" 🙂

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Archiebald
25th Feb 2015
3
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It drives me mad! I probably get about 4 a week. I had a call from the USA the other day so answered it on my mobile and it was a PPI scam call. The government are right to clamp down on these companies-the sooner the better!
hugs59
25th Feb 2015
3
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We get on average about three calls a day. I have now started asking them 'have I asked you to call me?' It doesn't stop them but it confuses them long enough for me to politely say goodbye and put the phone down.
reenie
25th Feb 2015
4
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I get these calls on both landline and mobile. It's an intrusion ! Have asked them to remove my numbers but still get calls from loads of different callers. Hope the government can get them stopped.
Baxi
25th Feb 2015
3
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I get about 10 per week. All to my mobile. It's extremely annoying. I ask them to remove me from the database and they still continue. The ones I can't stand are the automated calls.

Now when I fill in forms I always put an incorrect number.
MrFred
25th Feb 2015
4
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I've heard the best thing to do is state that you wish your number to be removed from their list. If you just hang up, your number will be re-added to the pool, and they'll call you again.

They are legally obliged to remove your number from their systems if you request that they do.

Other option is to keep them on the line as long as you can simply to waste their time and money...

This is also food for thought 😉 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20068927
valve29
26th Feb 2015
2
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My phone line is ex directory, but I still get about 4calls every day. I am deaf and the only calls I get are these nuisance calls. Everyone else I kmow sends me an email, so I Just ignore them.
pat123
25th Feb 2015
3
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We used to get a lot of these cold calls. We still get a few, not enoughto annoy me though. A couple of years ago we registered with a phone number to stop these calls (can't now remember the number!). This stopped them entirely, but now we just get a few. Don't know if the special phone number is still working.
Bazeley
25th Feb 2015
3
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Like many others I'm ex-directory, have registered with the TPS and don't put my telephone number on forms but I still get the calls - bizarrely they seem to come at the same time of day each day. I don't answer them any more but I do worry that it might mean I miss an important call. I think the government should do something about it but I also think that the telephone companies should offer caller ID for free instead of charging for the service as that can help screen these calls too.
cookingnany
25th Feb 2015
3
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We get those phone calls all the time I get so frustrated we them they won't take no for answer we got to the stage where we won't answer the phone. We get call sometimes 5or6times a day. I ll be glad if the government bring this new law in its about time something happened
lesj
25th Feb 2015
4
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When I ask how they got my number I'm told I must have done an online survey at some time where I gave my number - this is untrue, but how do I disprove it?
Also what about international calls? These are also very annoying, but what can the government do about these?
ivywalls46
25th Feb 2015
4
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I once heard that local councils sell on details. My husband died over 7 years ago and I still get calls for him
lesj
25th Feb 2015
3
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I know that these foreign callers do buy lists of numbers.
I've found the number of calls I get has greatly reduced since I started saying 'hold on' when a call comes through, setting the phone down, and leaving it until they ring off. Obviously this ties up their line and wastes their time and money. I recommend everyone to try this.
shirley2557
25th Feb 2015
4
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we are ex directory and get these calls all the time think its time the gov stepped in and did something
Silversurfers1953
25th Feb 2015
4
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Since I retired the calls have increased. Unless it's just because I'm at home. Although my mother of 85 is also getting nuisance calls. It shouldn't be allowed that our numbers are given out to cold sellers. Or maybe they are just guessing the numbers.
superbam
25th Feb 2015
3
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We are on the telephone preference service and we still get them.The caller has not heard of it or if they call from out of the uk they say it does not apply.
HJR58
25th Feb 2015
4
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We recently went ex-directory for this reason. Seems to have solved the problem for now. I never put my landline number on anything now as I think this is how theses companies get your details. It's easy to block callers on a mobile.
Mad Nanna
25th Feb 2015
4
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We get them every day sometime 4-5 times I've lost count of how many accidents I am supposed to have had in my car according to them. They are mainly from Indian call centres and they can call as late as 9pm at night I am surprised that in this day and age with hi tech all around us that phone companies like BT have not developed a system or phone that can stop these sorts of calls I know there is caller display but we have a daughter that lives abroad Nd her phone number comes up as international on the display same as nuisance callers so we have to answer in case it's her
nikkip
25th Feb 2015
2
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I never answer calls from 0843 0845 etc numbers as they are always unsolicited calls but now they have started to call on mobiles which it a really sneaky way of getting you to answer.
I had a survey company call from mobiles three times the other day I told them to stop calling me, they said they would continue calling until I answered their questions I threatened to report them and so far haven't heard any more but it is so frustrating as not a day goes by without at least on call.
Jo Kingham
25th Feb 2015
3
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I never used to get any until about 6 months ago - now I get loads of them. Some are human beings and some are recorded messages - I just say "no thank you" and put down the phone. I'm ex directory as well so where do they get your details from? I think they should be fined it's a complete nuisance.

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