How To Stop Spam Calls and Texts | This Morning

**How To Stop Spam Calls and Texts | This Morning**



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Martin Lewis explains the best way to get rid of spam calls and texts.
it's one of our biggest bugbears mountains of unwanted messages and post arriving through our letter boxes and inboxes every day so just how can you put a stop to it all matters here with them spam busting tips guaranteed to lighten your load let's start off with those nuisance phone calls yeah so lots of people get phone calls they don't want and it's very difficult to stop them and it drives people up the wall now the way that you stop this the official way is the telephone preference service many people will know about that on their landlines 83% of people have signed up to it so you sign up to it you can do it online you can call them on your landline and then takes 28 days to activate after that it's a criminal offense for legitimate EU companies to get in touch with you if you haven't requested that they do say what most people don't do though is sign their Mobile's up only 3% of people sign their Mobile's up so a few weeks ago they launched a new number that you could text now the first one they launched charge people when it shouldn't so there's another one now that it's meant to be totally free let me know if you do get charged for it you shouldn't be if you are charged it's gonna be 12 P so let's not let's not go overboard on this type thing and that number is 8 509 5 and you add TPS just those letters and then your email address because they need to legitimize that it is you and then your mobile number will be on the telephone preference service too but note what I said legitimate EU companies that means companies from outside the U u can call you and that means scammers from inside the EU will call you and as in two years time everyone can query well we're not sure what will happen yet on that we don't know where we'll go I suspect you're right that would be my guess on that but there's a couple of things you have to understand first of all if some scammer gets your number and once you're on their database they're gonna keep calling you if they don't care about the TPS then that will feel like the TPS isn't working the other thing and this is what people find you know you do those online forms and it says tick here if you want to opt out but one might say tick here if you want to opt out and the one underneath it will say tick here if you want to opt in and the next one else so they make it very confusing if you tick one of those boxes then you've given them permission to get in touch with you even on the TPS so many people say how can this companies getting in touch with me I'm on the TPS because you ticked a box and you might have thought you were ticking a box to say no when you ticked a box to say yes so you've got to be careful in those but if someone calls you and you're on the TPS from the telephone preference you say I'm a member of the telephone preference service you shouldn't be calling me and legitimate companies will go away that works for text as well as text is somewhat different because okay the first warning on text this gets really confusing if a legitimate company texts you when you don't want the text you text back stop and that should stop them if an illegitimate spam attacks you texting back stop tells them that you're a real mobile phone number and will often mean you get more spam not less so legit companies you want a text stop illegitimate companies you don't want a text stop and you if you don't know the company you've got to assume it's illegitimate so if you get a spam text this is the number to remember 7 7 to 6 it spells spam on most alphanumeric keyboard 7 7 to 6 forward your spam text to that with the phone number that called you what that does is it goes into a database and enough people forward the numbers then they they get blocked so we all have to work together to stop this but also then block that number on your mobile phone and if one is continuing to pester you get in touch with the Information Commissioner and you look at it specifically but we've all got a foreword to seven seven to six don'ts don't reply stop to illegitimate companies or companies you don't know we will put all these numbers on there on there also when

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