MSE News: Government mulls nuisance calls crackdown

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"Telephone regulators could be able to investigate more nuisance calls under changes being considered by the Government..."
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  • Jemma-TJemma-T Forumite
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    Would be good if they could do something but it's such a vast corrupt industry I can't see much happening. Of course genuine businesses will do their best to comply.

    I used to use my Panasonic home phone to block calls but as it has a limit of 30 numbers I now divert all calls to my Android mobile (TalkTalk have 1000 mobile minutes £5PM + call divert is part of my deal) which has amazing blocking ie anything starting with 0113 etc etc.

    Might seem like a faff but pennies to spend for a quiet life and not had a bad call for months.
  • ValHallerValHaller Forumite
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    Not holding my breath.

    One thing they need to do is stop BT suppressing Caller ID on international calls. That would at least allow you to have a fighting chance of picking up calls from countries where you were expecting calls and ignoring the rest.

    CLID info is carried all across the BT network even if it is suppressed by the caller - being dropped at the last exchange if the CLID suppression flag is set as I understand it. If telecoms operators in the rest of the world cannot conform to this standard, then the CLID should be displayed.

    We should not be grizzling about whether the foreign caller is content to have the CLID displayed in the UK while day after day, people in this country are having an on going tsunami of spam calls intruding into their privacy.
    You might as well ask the Wizard of Oz to give you a big number as pay a Credit Referencing Agency for a so-called 'credit-score'
  • Kite2010Kite2010 Forumite
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    I'm sure the Indian call centre full of people saying your computer has got issues are shaking in their boots.

    Won't solve anything.

    Best way to deal with spam is with a system like tru-call.
  • teabellyteabelly Forumite
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    Anonymous call reject is available on most telecoms carriers. I have that enabled. Kills of the majority of nuisance callers as they cannot get through unless they offer some kind of CLID.

    I also think it should be illegal to pass on personal data altogether so that when you give your phone number to one company they cannot just pass it on. Not all of them have clear opt outs and it is a pain to have to remember to untick or tick whichever box is used. If you ring up somewhere they can also opt you in to being spam called unless you happen to remember to say to the operator you don't want them. Ludicrous.
  • edited 31 July 2013 at 10:25AM
    WywthWywth Forumite
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    edited 31 July 2013 at 10:25AM
    Kite2010 wrote: »
    I'm sure the Indian call centre full of people saying your computer has got issues are shaking in their boots.

    Won't solve anything...

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    Won't affect us Welsh ones either, boyo! ;)

    I've already been hit with a couple of fines totalling £225,000 for allegedly breaching TPS guidelines, but I'm not bothered, see; I just appeal against them. :D

    SWSWSWN (Some will, some won't, so what, next)

    Btw, if you've not met me yet, catch up with me again. I've been promoted to BBC1 this time round :j
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  • cepheuscepheus
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    Kite2010 wrote: »
    I'm sure the Indian call centre full of people saying your computer has got issues are shaking in their boots.

    Won't solve anything.

    Best way to deal with spam is with a system like tru-call.

    Just got one half an hour ago!
  • wpeteraceswpeteraces Forumite
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    We had 6 international calls @ home last evening, followed "surprisingly" by one offering to block calls for a one-off £35 payment! Told them where to go as blocking should be a part of BT's service.
    :mad:
  • fermifermi Forumite
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    Sometimes I quite enjoy winding up the Indian call centre scammers.

    They get so upset when they realise you have wasted 20 mins of their scamming time. :o :rotfl:
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  • edited 31 July 2013 at 7:02PM
    John_PierpointJohn_Pierpoint Forumite
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    edited 31 July 2013 at 7:02PM
    ValHaller wrote: »
    Not holding my breath.

    One thing they need to do is stop BT suppressing Caller ID on international calls. That would at least allow you to have a fighting chance of picking up calls from countries where you were expecting calls and ignoring the rest.

    CLID info is carried all across the BT network even if it is suppressed by the caller - being dropped at the last exchange if the CLID suppression flag is set as I understand it. If telecoms operators in the rest of the world cannot conform to this standard, then the CLID should be displayed.

    We should not be grizzling about whether the foreign caller is content to have the CLID displayed in the UK while day after day, people in this country are having an on going tsunami of spam calls intruding into their privacy.

    Just this week there was a court case where 2,000 victims had been robbed of £200 million. Some sort of new line on the classic duff share boiler room scam.

    Caller ID helps BUT it can be spoofed.

    Don't the telecomm companies realise that we are less likely to use the phone or call back missed calls if these criminals continue to infest their networks?

    Does the government not realise that now that nearly half the wealth of the country is put through the government spending machine, they too are victims of these crimes that suck UK wealth into the hands of fraudsters?

    Just keep them talking act dumb and with a bit of luck the prize is having these crooks swear at you, though they may then try to get their own back by setting the calling machine to create a dead call every night for a month.

    Long running thread here:

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=1162709
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