There has been an ongoing saga in the Independent about this.
Apparently on a lot of BT deals it *should* be free but you have to
demand that it's free each year that you renew - otherwise they start
All my unwanted calls are flagged with International or Number Withheld,
or if a number is given it's more likely to be a premium rate number.
The more annoying cold calls result in an automated message being left
on the answerphone.
The latest scam calls inform recipients that it will be illegal to have
a non-condensing boiler after September 2016 and to press '5' to contact
a representative to order/fit a new boiler. Number withheld and no
phone number given if the answerphone picks up the automated message!
Last time I was at my old man's, he had three calls in the space of a
couple of hours telling him that he needed to give them his credit card
number so that they could deliver his parcel, and could he please confirm
his name and address...
Oh, right. So who's the sender of the parcel?
"Umm, my computer isn't showing that."
Shove it up your arse, then. <click>
And Microsoft have called me twice this week to say that they have been
watching my computer and it has problems they will be able to help me
Call terminated at that point by me after I interrupted their script to
call them thieves and liars and then invited them to eff off.
In the immortal words of Mr McInroe, "You can't be serious"!
The TPS is a complete waste of time. Most cold callers completely ignore
it, and few suffer any serious sanctions for so doing. I've been
registered for years - but *still* received loads of junk calls until I
installed a trueCall call blocker. Now, I get virtually none.
My experience is that certain companies operating in the UK just use
third party cold calling services from abroad or just ignore TPS. When
registering with TPS years ago the number of cold calls did fall after a
month and on average have remained fairly low but at certain times in
the year, such as when insurance policies are due for renewal, the
number of unwanted calls rises significantly. Calls offering help with
PPI, accident compensation, boiler replacement etc. also tend to be
cyclic with 5 or more calls in a evening for a period of a week.
ALL cold calls are from rip-off merchants operation close to the
boundaries of criminality so they couldn't care a toss about TPS.
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