How to Stop Nuisance Calls Once and for All

For some of us, nuisance calls have already become a part of our daily lives. But this is not how it’s supposed to be. We are not supposed to resign ourselves to nuisance calls and just accept them for what they are. If you can do something about it, then you might as well grab the chance.

 reduce calls

The good news is that there are several ways for you to reduce (and even eliminate) those annoying nuisance calls once and for all. By taking these steps, you can breathe more freely and get on with your daily business without any untoward interruptions.

Reducing nuisance calls

If you have your own business and are dealing with marketing information when you purchase something or visit different websites, look carefully at the fine print, which is often found where you would be asked to place your name or signature. There is often an opt-in box buried within the fine print. This opt-in box would allow you to be contacted for marketing purposes. All you have to do is check the box so you can ‘opt-out’ of any marketing calls. If you are on a website, click the opt-out button so as not to receive any emails, calls, or newsletters.

Make use of the Telephone Preference Service

Some of us may not be aware that there is actually a particular service where you can register in order to stop unsolicited sales calls. All you have to do is register your telephone number (landline and mobile) with the TPS. You can do this online or by placing a telephone call to 0845 070 0707. The registration is free, although it can be up to twenty-eight days before it takes effect.

Although telesales companies are legally required to follow TPS regulations, you may still receive unwanted sales calls if you have previously given permission to a company to call you or if they call you for research purposes. In order to stop a call from a specific company, you have the additional option of telling them directly or making a written request for them to stop calling you.

Take advantage of a call blocker

Today, there are different types of call blockers available commercially which can help you stop nuisance calls. These call blockers are designed to block withheld numbers, for instance, or fax calls, silent calls, and calls from international numbers. If you have already registered with the TPS but would like to further enhance your protection from nuisance calls, a call blocker from established companies like is definitely a good idea. Even if you have to pay a small fee for a call blocker, it saves you from unwanted calls (and headaches) that contribute to loss of productivity in your workplace.

Additional tips

You can also purchase a telephone with a Caller ID feature where the number of the caller is displayed. If you do not recognise the number, then you can opt to have it answered by your voice mail. Some individuals opt to go ex-directory, but this is not really advisable if you have a business which you would want to promote on a directory.

The point is to remain vigilant with your personal and business information – and know your rights. With the proper prevention, you can permanently stop unwanted calls.

Image attributed to Chaiwat/

Leave a Reply