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Telephone preference and scams

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ExD Mon 13-Jul-20 13:37:37

Do you need to re register for this service after a year so?
The number of scams pretending to be from Amazon, BT, my bank etc etc has increased recently, so I wondered if I need to start again.
Any ideas?

Lolo81 Mon 13-Jul-20 13:56:11

I’m unsure about re-registering, however I will advise that TPS only applies for U.K. based calls, most of these scam calls originate from out with the U.K. even when they appear to have a local dialling code. Once your number is entered into the data system then it’s a pest to try and get it removed. I know you can block the numbers in most mobiles phones which is what I do and some landlines have the same facility.
Unfortunately there is money to be made from selling this data, and many people are unaware that by accepting terms and conditions from various websites invalidates the TPS opt in anyway.

Happygirl79 Mon 13-Jul-20 14:34:25

Reregister. Im not sure if you should do it every year but I find after some time the calls start again so I always register again to combat them

eazybee Mon 13-Jul-20 15:13:21

I was invited to re register, to which I agreed and then the caller kindly told me how much it would cost.
This was the scam. (I did not pay anything)
Having checked, I was told that TPS was free and that I did not need to re register.
The problem comes from overseas call which they cannot prevent.
I very rarely give my mobile number out, but I was forced to when I took a bedspread for cleaning, and was told I had to give my mobile number; my landline would not do because they could not send a text message to it to tell me the article was ready to collect.
Watching carefully to see if my mobile gets these calls.

Riverwalk Mon 13-Jul-20 15:14:12

The TPS service won't shield you from scams - as I understand the system it's aimed at British-based companies who aren't supposed to cold-call you if you're signed up to TPS. It might save you from getting double-glazing, charity callers, etc, but crooks are crooks and don't care what system you're signed up to!

I don't have this problem - if I don't recognise the caller number on my mobile I simply don't answer. If it's genuine they'll leave a message.

timetogo2016 Mon 13-Jul-20 15:17:04

Sadly the scammers will get to you however much you try to hide from them.
Just don`t faal for it,if it sounds too good to be true it`s because it is.

SuzannahM Mon 13-Jul-20 15:23:18

We are registered with TPS but I don't know if it does any good.

We don't answer any calls on landline as they are nearly all scams, unless we aare expecting a call. Anyone who really knows us (and who we want to talk to!) has our mobile numbers.

We are now getting five or six calls a day, from some very dubious numbers, so the call centres are obviously all back up and running. Every few days we check the numbers on our BT acccount, check them with 'Who Called me' and block almost all of them. This usually reduces the calls to a few a week until they get new numbers then it all starts again.

Even on my mobile I won't answer any numbers I don't recognise and just block them.

ExD Mon 13-Jul-20 15:41:44

I do realise TPS only shields from UK calls.
It might be worth re registering as you say or it might be just that having been at home all day every day for the last five weeks I am realising just how many scams there are.
This my land line I'm talking about, my mobile is a pay as you go and is just for phone calls.

AGAA4 Mon 13-Jul-20 16:38:31

I am registered with TPS but still got scam calls. If I don't recognise the number that comes up I let it go to voicemail.

I have found that after a while the calls stop.

Lolo81 Mon 13-Jul-20 16:40:06

Do you have a landline phone which displays the incoming number? Generally when these calls are made they are testing to check the validity of the number, so by answering it confirms the number is attached to a person and is a live line. Normally a dialler will try a set number of times to confirm the line and then give up if unsuccessful.
What this means is that by answering and confirming validity, your number will then be sold on again and again as it’s confirmed as “live”.
If you have or can get a landline with a number display, just ignore the calls - I know how irritating it is!
Generally these things are cyclical, so by ignoring you may be able to disguise your number as “dead”, but it will take time.
I used to work within data management, so some of this info might be a bit out of date, but these were the methods we were trained on circa 5 years ago when more of the foreign telemarketers became prevalent.

welbeck Mon 13-Jul-20 18:55:55

i have a bt landline phone that intercepts unknown numbers.
it is very useful.
it asks them to identify themselves, then i can listen and choose whether to accept the call, or block, or let it go to answerphone.
i find it very useful.
i know other people with it too, and they all like it.
thinks it's called, call guardian. not very expensive. easy to use.

Xander Mon 13-Jul-20 19:39:28

easybee,Just to let you know, land lines can and do accept text messages so do not need to give a mobile numbe. The world seems to forget some people do not have mobiles. They do exist you know!!!!

FarNorth Mon 13-Jul-20 19:48:58

eazybee my landline can receive texts.
It rings, then a robot gives the message.
You could try sending a text to your landline to see if it can do that.