1. ITV Report

Campaign for nuisance phone calls to be banned

Unwanted phone calls, relating to PPI, personal injury, pensions or insurance is a problem we all have to face on a daily basis.

Research shows more than two billion nuisance calls were made last year, that's six million a day.

The majority of those were to people over the age of 65.

Now the insurer Aviva has launched a campaign to get the Government to ban cold calls.

million calls a day were made last year.
the majority of those were to people over the age of 65.

Top tips on how to protect yourself from phone scams:

  • If it sounds too good to be true it probably is
  • Never give out your bank details or send money unless you are certain you can trust the person who has contacted you
  • If you receive a sales call you have not requested, be suspicious
  • Neither your bank or the police would collect a bank card, ask for your PIN or come to your home to collect financial paperwork
  • You shouldn't have to pay money to receive a prize
  • You shouldn't have to pay money via Ukash or Western Union to claim mis-sold PPI
  • If you are put under pressure to make an immediate decision be suspicious and politely decline
  • Computer firms do not make unsolicited calls to help fix your computer
  • Register with the telephone preference service on 0845 070 0707 to block unwanted calls
  • If you're still concerned, consider installing call blocking technology to reduce nuisance calls

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