How to deal with cold callers in the UK

How to deal with cold callers in the UK

Dealing with cold callers in the UK can be a nuisance, but there are ways to handle them:

1. Screen your calls: Use caller ID to identify incoming calls, and only answer calls from numbers you recognize.

2. Be cautious: Don't give out personal information, such as your bank details or address, to cold callers. If they ask for this information, it's likely a scam.

3. Register with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS): This service is free and helps to reduce the number of unwanted sales and marketing calls you receive. You can register your landline and mobile numbers with TPS.

4. Politely decline: If you receive a cold call and you're not interested, politely decline and say "no thank you." Don't engage in conversation or argue with the caller.

5. Report nuisance calls: If you continue to receive unwanted calls, report them to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) or TPS. You can also report spam texts by forwarding them to 7726 (which spells SPAM).

Remember, legitimate companies will respect your wishes if you ask them to stop calling you. If you feel uncomfortable or suspicious about a caller, it's okay to hang up. Trust your instincts and protect your personal information.