Jeff Prestridge

Are you driven mad by nuisance calls? There are steps you can take to stem the tide

Nuisance calls are the bane of my life – as are unprompted texts. They assault my mobile at all hours, night and day.

I find the calls so annoying and invasive that I now leave my phone on permanent silent which kind of defeats the object of a mobile (I don’t have a landline at home). No wonder most of my friends have given up on me – ‘unsociable ginga, never answers his phone’.

Of course, my mother, still as matriarchal as she was 50 years ago when I was wearing shorts,  isn’t impressed at all.

Voicemail message one:  ‘Jeffrey, why didn’t you answer my last call?’ (Jeffrey, as opposed to Jeff, is a sure fire sign that mother is annoyed with me.)

Voicemail message two: ‘Jeffrey, where have you been? I’ve been worried!’ (I’m 57, mother, and quite capable most of the time of looking after myself.)

Voicemail message three: ‘Jeffrey, have you got a girlfriend yet ?’ (No I don’t mother dear but if I did you would be the last person on earth I would tell.)

Yes, even a frustrated mother (making her own version of nuisance calls) is better than a phone call from someone I don’t know – and have no desire getting to know – asking me whether I want to unlock my pension or make a payment protection insurance claim.

LEAVE ME ALONE. I’ll unlock my pension in my own good time. As for PPI, I’ve never bought the toxic stuff so you’re wasting your time.

Of course, there are some practical steps you can take to stem the tide of nuisance calls beyond putting your phone on silent.

For example, you can sign up to the Telephone Preference Service, thereby registering your wish not to receive unsolicited calls, although I bet you that some unwanted calls will still get through to you.

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