Plagued by nuisance phone calls?

FED UP with phone unwanted phone calls? Annoyed by callers constantly checking if you’ve ever had ‘PPI’ sold? Irritated by cold calls trying to encourage you to switch energy suppliers?

If you get lots of unwanted phone calls, to the point that it drives you to despair, then this tip just might be relevant to you!?

If you have an answer machine that can be programmed to pick-up after a certain number of rings, then try setting it to answer after only a couple of rings. Most call centres ring numbers automatically, and a call is ended if an answer machine is detected. So you should never receive unwanted calls from call centres again.

This will only be relevant to some people, and involves you having to tell your favourite family, friends and callers to just speak as normal when the answer machine message starts/finishes – if you are available and want to take the call then you would just  answer as normal when you know who the caller is.

It might also be useful to register with the free Telephone Preference Service (TPS) at which has the law on its side to deter unsolicited phone calls – but many nuisance calls are from companies that flout the law!

Have you got any similar tips or advice to share with local people? Email them to or leave a comment.

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Ray Duffill (photo by Neil Holmes) is a former community development manager but now describes himself as a beat-blogger or citizen-journalist. Ray lives in Hedon and founded the Hedon Blog and is the Hedon correspondent for the Holderness Gazette.

4 Comments on Plagued by nuisance phone calls?

  1. I’m now getting daily calls about switching energy supplier (I am registered with TPS) when I press 2 to speak to someone it goes dead.
    I do feel thet telephony suppliers should make Annonomous call rejection a free service.

  2. Local MP Graham Stuart has issued this ‘Letter to the Editor’:

    Dear Sir

    I know many of my constituents are becoming increasingly annoyed by how many unsolicited nuisance telephone calls they are receiving at home trying to sell any number of unwanted things from insurance protection to a new mobile phone. Registering with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is supposed to stop these calls but it seems the number of calls many of us are receiving is increasing as the months go by.

    I thought I’d write to let you know what the Government is doing about it.

    Ed Vaizey MP, the Minister for Communications at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport met with the TPS, the Information Commissioners’ Office and Ofcom in July. The meeting discussed how the current system can be improved and enforcement made more effective. They will be meeting again this autumn to agree the next steps.
    Most telecom service providers offer a range of services that can help including Calling Line Identification Display, Automatic Call Rejection and Choose to Refuse. There are also a range of other devices available commercially that can help to block unwanted calls. It would be a good idea to look into these ideas if you are anxious about these calls.

    The Telephone Preference is a free service and I urge anyone who has not yet done so, to sign up for it here:
    I will be following this matter closely and am determined to make sure that the TPS has the teeth it needs to prosecute companies who continue to ring up households who have expressly opted out.

    Yours faithfully
    Graham Stuart MP
    9 Cross St
    Beverley HU17 9AX

    Graham Stuart
    Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness
    House of Commons
    SW1A 0AA
    Phone: 0207 219 4848


  3. this is because BT outsourced an mirrored its uk exchange to India one of the worlds most corrupt nations
    i knew then it would lead to fraud , but the latest episode is endorsed by the government , stops you getting angry about other things more important the whole lot of em are corrupt

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