SCAMS: Avoid Nuisance Calls

We’ve all had calls for PPI, accident claims, computer virus, double glazing – here’s how to reduce the number of calls received.

  • Go ex directory.
  • Don’t give out your telephone number unnecessarily.
  • Register with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) on 0345 070 0707 or This is free and should reduce the amount of UK marketing calls.
  • Opt out of third party marketing on contracts / order forms – make sure to read the tick box carefully. If you’ve consented to receive marketing from a specific company, the organisation can call you even if registered with TPS.
  • If registered with TPS and continue to receive calls, report the company to TPS.
  • Check if call blocking facilities are available from your telephone provider.
  • Consider buying a call blocker which allows you to block nuisance callers. They can be programmed to block international calls and withheld numbers. The devices can be purchased from high street stores.
  • Be wary of anyone cold calling trying to sell you a call blocker – this could be a scam.