"Have you been mis-sold PPI?"
Nope, neither have we, but it doesn’t stop us getting calls from companies saying they can claim it back for us. It’s just one example of the unwanted sales calls that test our patience, day in day out.
We’re pleased to say that you can now do something about this. By sending one single text you can hit back at the cold callers and stop them hassling you for good. Here’s how.
Send a text to the TPS
The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is the government-approved list of people who have opted out of receiving unsolicited calls. If a UK organisation makes a sales or marketing call to anyone on the list, it’s breaking the law.
Here comes the good news – it's now even easier to get your number listed with them.
All you need to do is text ‘TPS’ along with your email address to the shortcode 78070 (don't worry about the cost - this service is completely free).
You’ll then get a text from the TPS, confirming that your mobile number’s been added to its database.
What happens when you put your number on the TPS?
According to Ofcom, once you’re mobile number’s on the TPS you should see a "gradual reduction in unsolicited sales and marketing voice calls after a few days.”
After 28 days, the service should be fully effective. So when you get a call from a number you don’t recognise, it’s much less likely to be a UK telemarketer trying to make a sale.
Other tips to prevent nuisance calls
If you want to do even more to prevent cold callers, Ofcom has some great tips to protect yourself from nuisance calls and messages. These include being careful about opting-in to marketing messages when you register for something, and talking to your network provider about the services they offer.
Over to you - if you've signed up to the TPS recently, let us know if it's made a difference yo the amount of cold calls you're getting. Share your comments below.