Stop nuisance phone calls - TPS
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Stop nuisance phone calls - TPS

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Found 10th Jun 2014
The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is a free service. It is the official central opt out register on which you can record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls. It is a legal requirement that all organisations (including charities, voluntary organisations and political parties) do not make such calls to numbers registered on the TPS unless they have your consent to do so.

Organisations with which you have an ongoing relationship, for example those who regard you as a customer, (or in the case of charities - a donor) may well gather your consent during the early stages of your relationship with them and will therefore be entitled to call you even if your number is registered on TPS, unless you have previously told them specifically that you object to them calling you for marketing purposes.

The TPS can accept the registration of mobile telephone numbers, however it is important to note that this will prevent the receipt of marketing voice calls but not SMS (text) messages. If you wish to stop receiving SMS marketing messages, please send an 'opt-out' request to the company involved.

As TPS registration only prevents marketing calls, organisations will still be able to call you for the purposes of genuine market research.

52 Comments

No good when overseas auto diallers call you or Microsoft technical support call

simplyjimbo

No good when overseas auto diallers call you or Microsoft technical … No good when overseas auto diallers call you or Microsoft technical support call



or when debt collectors ring looking for someone who had your number before it was allocated to you.

Worth doing, Im on it, but still doesnt stop the call centers from abroad that ring 3 times a day every day saying that someone at the address has had an accident.

I just answer and say "you do know this is a police station dont you sir/madam?"

If only it worked though :-(
Problem is, only the reputable companies based in the UK seem to bother, the non-reputable ones just keep on calling regardless if you are subscribed to the TPS or not :-(

It doesn't hurt to sign up but as others have said no affect on overseas autodialers.

Also doesn't stop automated Kitchen/windows scrappage calls of which we have about 3 a day.

Nice reminder for those who don't know about it.

I registered with this company about 2 years ago and can confirm that there has been a dramatic reduction of calls I now get, and some text messages as well (I was being constantly contacted about PPI claims). Only very occasionally do I get a call now and I always ask them where this got my number from and ask why they are calling, put them on the spot as they don't expect you to ask these questions - and I then tell me to remove my number from their records as I do not want to hear from them again. Thankfully it seems to have worked for me.

Does not stop the overseas phone calls not that good .

I think it does absolutely nothing to have TPS.I bought a Panasonic landline phone and block them on that.But International and withheld cant be blocked and really the long list i have blocked shouldnt be even calling me either as i am on TPS as they can be fined.

I registered with the company 2/3 years ago and I still get bombarded with calls from PPI etc so it has absolutely nothing for me :-(

Works for me. I don't get any unsolicited calls any more.

I answer the phone naked, most of the time they hang up as soon as I answer

I've started using the immortal line
"You'll have to speak up, I'm wearing a towel!"
They usually get confused and hang up
Edited by: "n64play" 10th Jun 2014

CyBerman

or when debt collectors ring looking for someone who had your number … or when debt collectors ring looking for someone who had your number before it was allocated to you.

that's true they once rang me saying coming to get the gambling machines back ,I live in a house thought it was a pub

We have been told in the past that this only works if the nuisance caller subscribes to the TPS. As they are what they are called ;nuisances; most of them wont subscribe and therefore you still get the calls.
Be good if you could do this with nuisance faxes too.

I've got all my numbers on this. I don't get as many calls as I used to.
The ones that do slip through wish they hadn't when I'm finished.

We were getting nuisance calls and signed up to TPS for 3 years but we still got the calls from the UK. After having enough, we changed our number and what a fantastic choice we made! Now we're not contacted by anyone apart from Friends and Family. Don't bother with TPS as they have no powers. I found out that my home phone number was being sold in London to companies for sales purposes.

Banned

Lilmonkey

If only it worked though :-(Problem is, only the reputable companies … If only it worked though :-(Problem is, only the reputable companies based in the UK seem to bother, the non-reputable ones just keep on calling regardless if you are subscribed to the TPS or not :-(

That's right; at least it keeps the reputable companies from wasting their time calling you though.

When I receive a cold call from a UK number, I ask them if they are aware of the TPS because I am registered, and they usually say sorry and hang up.

My latest one with the overseas sellers/surveys is to not confirm who I am and then when they ask me a question I just say it's none of their business. Sometimes I decide to have a bit of sport and try and argue whether "Jonathan Archibald" really is their name, and sometimes I ask them if they are sure about their company, because it doesn't sound like a company name to me (one insisted his company was called "UK", and I kept pushing him saying that's not a legal name for a company, he got so exasperated that he swore at me an hung up; that's 1-0 to me!).

For the Microsoft support ones, when they say my computer is sending them messages, I ask them which computer; that usually confuses them (hehe: if they can't tell me the name of the computer which is supposedly sending them alerts, then how do they know it's mine?).

Cold, Freezing !!!

Don't stop 'em.... still get them call from england or india, cant tell nowadays where there calling from.... get calls from withheld, out of area, 00, 090959275070252-528, 0161 and so on, all kinds of numbers still ringing my blower.

Pointless really. Doesn't stop calls. If a company is reported, they get a polite letter asking them to respond. The company just says "we will remove the number" and the game continues.

The fine is an empty threat. I know as I run a call centre and have had the odd tps letter.

It doesn't work though signed up ages ago for mum as she is disabled and find these calls distressing as she has difficulty getting to the phone she still gets bout 6-8 calls a day from solicitors or selling something.

Anyone on Talktalk?
They now offfer a free service that can bar witheld numbers (caller gets engaged tone)
And also if you dial 14258** after a call you can bar them!
help2.talktalk.co.uk/las…ing (just set it up from your accounts calling features)
Sky charges for these services
BT charges for these services
Virgin can only block witheld numbers and charges (and are charging for caller display now)
The post office charges for these services.
You do the math.

you can also stop unaddressed junk physical mail (pizza/Supermarket/broadband flyers). just fill in the form on royal mail's website. my postie actually posted a note apologising for accidentally giving me next doors junk mail the other day, so they take it very seriously.

Banned

There really needs to be some pressure put on the phone companies or the government to deal with this.

simplyjimbo

No good when overseas auto diallers call you or Microsoft technical … No good when overseas auto diallers call you or Microsoft technical support call



Pee'd me off so much I just unplugged my landline in the end and got a Skype phone. Crazy that you can't block international numbers. I don't know anyone abroad!

Unfortunately it does not prevent automated callers (whether in the UK or not). I get calls about the "free government boilers" every day

Got be worth doing,I would guess?

We opted out, still get calls but they're the automated ones from PPI claims

"press 9 to opt out of future calls" doesn't work either. They just log that as an active phone line

I was hassled by a UK bank calling my son from an Indian call center despite being registered with the TPS. When I complained they passed my number to other Indian call centers. I then bit the bullet and bought a TrueCall machine. Peace.

Useless.
A loud blast from a whistle by the phone soon puts an end to many of them.

voted cold it doesn't work.

Gave some Indian some slack when I said he rang a dating agency and everyone here has had some kind of whiplash and if they are eligible for Insurance claims.

He called me a Son of a Bitch.

I thought it was uncalled for as I was telling the truth.
Edited by: "Majnu" 11th Jun 2014

Hello Mr Johnson this is Kevin Smith calling from Microsoft support about your computer virus. LOL

I have registered but unfortunately I was given a number that belonged to someone else up until I got connected & I still get telemarketing calls a year later Even though I have told them this is not their number, they refuse to take me off the list.

Just say when they call: I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for a sale, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you remove my number from your list , that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will random play one Direction songs.
Edited by: "frostyclock" 11th Jun 2014

Dual a number that won't be recognised,
Put your phone on speaker and record the "The number you have dialled has not been recognised" and use it as your answering machine message!

mikenewtonhome

I just answer and say "you do know this is a police station dont you … I just answer and say "you do know this is a police station dont you sir/madam?"


I respond by "Please state your authentic password." When they fail to do this, I say "Security breach. Alert control, code 4875. Call has been traced, a cleanup team has been dispatched."

Most of the time the response is "huh?" or words to that effect, but it amuses me anyway.X)

I keep getting calls saying there calling back because I requested a call back online, I never have, I tell them this and they insist I have, one guy was quite rude to me about it. A guy from Sky called me saying that, when I explained I don't even have a TV or a TV licence he hung up.

tried doing this a couple week ago because i get phone calls about 5 times a day, turns out my number is already signed up to it!

load of rubbish ive been egistered witht hese for years but still inundated with calls from outside uk, so after 23 years ive had to change my number

Pass the call onto the kids they have a great laugh 16 year old boys
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