Thought I would put this in its own thread as I had ticked the other one.
Stopping telesales calls
In the 4-5 months since registering I have received two-three phone calls from telesales companies wheras before it was almost every night.
Plus I used to get the silent call, the phone would ring and when I picked up the receiver there was no answer just a buzzing sound, at first I thought it was a nuisance caller but I realised it was happening about the same time every night I had my suspicions it was a telesales call but did not know why I got no reply on lifting the receiver, then I seen a programme on the TV a few weeks ago that was talking about silent calls and it seems the telesales companies set up their computers to dial out a certain ammount of telephone numbers at random say 100 for example but they may only have 20 telesales staff so the first 20 calls to be answered get a salesperson on the other end the remaining 80 get nothing hence the silent call.
This practice by telesales companies is acutely illegal but no company has yet been prosecuted.
alcudia The silent calls did'nt really worry me but I can imagine an elderly person who lives alone and receives these calls it must scare them, it is irresponsible of the telesales companies to resort to this method of contacting potential customers and the sooner they start to be prosecuted for it the better.
I signed up for TPS some time ago, and most of the calls have stopped, however one or two have slipped thro' the net. You can very quickly get your name removed fron their Database.....Just ask these 2 questions.
1. Can I ask where you obtained my number ? (this is normally follwed by them hastily ending the call)
If they give an answer then ask the following....
2. With regards to the Data Protection Act....Please can you tell me who in your company is responsible for the imformation you hold about me. (this has never failed for their prompt termination of the call & to date that company have never called back)