We’ve all been on the receiving end of nuisance calls at some point, and they can be incredibly annoying. For those who are vulnerable, perhaps living alone, or are of an older generation, they can feel really invasive and be quite upsetting too. No one wants to dread getting a phone call, but when a vast proportion of them are these types of calls, it’s understandable to feel this way.
What counts as a nuisance call?
There are many different types of calls that fall under the umbrella of nuisance calls. For example, you might find yourself receiving a number of spam calls where the person at the other end of the phone is pretending to be someone else – from your doctor to your cable company – trying to get you to part with your hard-earned money or pass over personal information which can then be sold on to a third party or used as part of identity theft.
If you get a call from a number you don’t recognise, or perhaps you speak to someone and you’re not sure if it is entirely legitimate, you can search for it on Unknownphone.com to see who it was that called you and if anyone else has had any dealings with the same number.
Another form of nuisance calling is cold calling, which is where marketers phone a number that has never shown any interest in their product and service and try to make a sale. These calls are usually incredibly pressurised and the people on the other line are unwilling to take ‘no’ as an answer which can be very frustrating. For older people who are wanting to be polite, this technique can be really unfair. They may find themselves signing up for something that they don’t want, nor can they afford, because they have been told that they need to, by a smooth talker at the other end of the phone.
Block block block
If there is one specific number that is calling you regularly, most phones now have the ability to block them – certainly, Apple and Android phones offer this as a standard, but there will also be different apps that make it so that unknown numbers can’t call you.
National Do Not Call Registry
The National Do Not Call Registry is a fantastic service that allows you to opt out of telemarketing calls on your home or mobile phone. That’s not to say that you won’t receive other calls – for example, political groups, surveys and charities may still be able to call you, however by getting rid of telemarketing calls, your phone should be much quieter!
A lot of the time, these companies are sold your information when you sign up to something and check the box that says you consent to your information being passed to third parties, so it is good advice to be aware of what you sign up to, and where your phone number may be getting shared.