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Cold callers to be forced to display phone numbers

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Phones & TV
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Phones & TV
Lots of news articles state that from 16th May that cold callers are to be forced to display phone numbers when calling. How come we are still getting withheld and unavailable phone calls then? Is is because I have that BT caller ID thing?

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  • Owain_MoneysaverOwain_Moneysaver Forumite
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    It's because cold callers will take as much notice of this toothless piece of legislation as they take of any other toothless piece of legislation.
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  • Ian011Ian011 Forumite
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    An equivalent regulation would require robbers and muggers to leave a copy of their driving licence or passport at the scene of the crime along with a daytime telephone number the police could call to arrange for their arrest...

    The new caller ID regulation is complete nonsense.
  • FitzmichaelFitzmichael Forumite
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    If it's nonsense, why did we hear nothing about it from MSE when the legislation was going through?
  • JJ_EganJJ_Egan Forumite
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    If it's nonsense, why did we hear nothing about it from MSE when the legislation was going through?


    Did the legislators contact MSE ??
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    Most of the "about your accident" calls I get spoof non existent numbers , can't see them sticking to the rules

    I do report each spoofed number to ofcom
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    The spam call I had yesterday, came up as 000841xxxxxxxx - about as useful as a chocolate teapot!!
  • It only applies to UK Companies so when being called by offshore call centres they do not need to use a displayed and correct number.
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    Ian011Ian011 Forumite
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    edited 1 June 2016 at 10:01AM
    Seeing a number you do not recognise is no more useful in identifying who is calling than seeing no number at all. This approach is tackling nuisance calls from completely the wrong angle. This is also opening people up to being scammed.

    Many people are intrigued enough by a missed call to call the number back. Where the number starts 070, 084, 087 or 09 the caller will be paying a premium rate to find out that they didn't really want to hear from or speak to whoever it is on the other end of the line.

    By calling the number back, they have now turned a simple nuisance into one that is not only wasting even more of their time but is also costing them money. Expect a sharp rise in the incidence of 'wangiri' scams over the next few months.
  • DanStanDanStan Forumite
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    About time!
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