OFT wants to stop annoying cold calls

27 May 2009

If you're sick of getting those pre-recorded phone calls telling you how you can get out of debt with the help of a government program or a non-profit debt help group, those calls will probably stop soon, if the Office of Fair Trade has its way.

Not only are these phone calls annoying, but they are illegal in many cases. If these firms (who have to remain nameless for the time being) are taking advantage of people in dire straits over debt problems, they have to stop ASAP.

These firms are accused of being dishonest about their identities and misleading people by telling them they have been "chosen" to be part of a government plan to eliminate consumer debt. They also disregarded the fact that many of those called had registered with the Telephone Preference Service to opt out of telemarketing calls.

If you're one of those unlucky chosen few, you can report the calls to the Consumer Direct advice service of the OFT by phoning 08454 04 05 06, or by visiting the Consumer Direct website.

[BBC]

TOPICS:   Consumer Advice

6 comments

  • Mike H.
    Still doesn't stop the overseas calls "Hi there, you've won a trip to Florida"
  • Nobby
    "I'd love to talk to you, but I just need to finish fucking this pig." (Make squealing noises in background.)
  • Mike U.
    I let the spiel finish and then when the chirpy advisor comes on I wait for about 4 secs and then say in my best Don Fontaine impression FUCK U & DIE Never had a problem since then
  • Mycroft J.
    I used to string cold callers along mercilessly, my record was getting someone who was trying to flog a T-Mobile phone contract to keep going for the best part of an hour before telling them I wasn't interested as I already had a contract phone with T-Mobile on a better deal. However, a friend's son then got a job with a company that sells Kitchens in a very direct manner and I started to feel guilty about costing the person on the other end potential commission. Now I just say no thank you very quickly and add the company to my 'Never Use' list. NB I have tried being rude and abusive but I'm pretty sure one company put me on a list of 'difficult b*st*rds' that they gave to new employees to see if they would cut it.
  • The B.
    I've got all anonymous calls blocked but it would appear that VOIP calls are blocked as part of this, meaning that I go overseas scumbags calling me trying to flog me things, as soon as I hear the pause before the connection kicks in properly I hang up.
  • The B.
    Sorry, VOIP calls are not blocked as part of this.

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