CUT­TING OFF COLD CALL­ERS

Stockport Times West - - VIEWS -

I READ the item in The Ex­press (Novem­ber 19) on MPs An­drew Stunell and Mark Hunter’s pe­ti­tion on nui­sance phone calls, handed in to 10 Down­ing Street.

I know Sir An­drew is fond of gath­er­ing names for var­i­ous pe­ti­tions, but this, if acted upon will take a long time to be im­ple­mented.

I feel that ways of deal­ing with nui­sance calls should be printed in news­pa­pers oc­ca­sion­ally and per­haps put in li­braries and wait­ing rooms, as this is such a big prob­lem for many peo­ple.

My phone rings six or seven times a day then goes onto 1571, so I don’t rush to an­swer, then 1471 which some­times gives a num­ber, maybe ten dig­its long, which does not ex­ist.

When I do an­swer, I lis­ten briefly then I ask if the per­son is ring­ing from a call cen­tre.

If yes, I say that we do not take cold calls and I did not ask you to ring, so please delete this num­ber. The company is obliged to do this if you ask. Some­times the per­son would per­sist with the call so I say that you don’t know me, I don’t know you so we are not in­ter­ested so please do not call again.

I do feel an­noyed by the recorded mes­sages, re­mind­ing me that records show that I have not claimed a new boiler or in­su­la­tion with gov­ern­ment Green Deal En­ergy Deal. Another mes­sage was fu­neral plan­ning in ad­vance.

One evening re­cently, I had a call from an un­known builder, ask­ing if we needed any work do­ing.

I re­alised that he was anx­iously look­ing for work. I asked how he got this num­ber and it was from the phone di­rec­tory on his com­puter. He used a search en­gine and keyed in the name of this road and up came all our names and ad­dresses and num­bers.

That is an in­va­sion of pri­vacy and a bit un­nerv­ing. I said no.

With th­ese phone calls, think be­fore you speak. Be wise, ques­tion or chal­lenge the caller, who will be read­ing from a script, do not give per­sonal in­for­ma­tion or de­tails, no need to, just be po­lite and put the phone down.

So, An­drew Stunell and Mark Hunter should use their ini­tia­tive, make a list of ad­vice, how to or how not to re­spond, publish and make widely avail­able, giv­ing peo­ple con­fi­dence to just say no. Name and ad­dress sup­plied

OVER

cur­rently has a pop­u­la­tion of some 55 mil­lion peo­ple, please ex­plain un­der your stance on ‘Open Boarder Bri­tain’ how many more im­mi­grants we can shoe horn in and how much longer will we be able to main­tain our green and pleas­ant land.

Now please an­swer this ques­tion – how much money is it go­ing to cost the UK tax pay­ers to pro­vide ben­e­fits, hous­ing, nurs­eries, school places, health care etc for the in­crease to the pop­u­la­tion be­ing forced upon us by Brussels’ Free­dom of Move­ment?

If the EU is so good, how come they are so poor in de­vel­op­ing and pro­vid­ing aid to those mem­ber coun­tries who lack the where for all to support their own peo­ple. Hil­drew Woodsmoor

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