CUTTING OFF COLD CALLERS
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
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