I have got back to my Mobile after a morning of meetings only to find that I have had three text messages from companies who have never asked if they can send me thier latest special offers!
We all have Junk mail and Clutter on our computers to hoover this up but are given no choice when its a Text mesage.
Finaly the Telephone industry is starting to catch up! Ofcom (The UK Telecoms Regulator) announced three weeks ago a new "Text to Register" service which will be managed by the Telephone Preference Service. The TPS tell us that less than 50% of people are aware of this new service so spread the word people!
To activate this service all you need to do is text TPS followed by your email adress to 78070, you get an instant reply back confirming that you have been added to the list. (It can take a month to take effect). You can find more information on this new service on OfCom's Website: http://bit.ly/1tsA9Dx.
There are other ways to limit nuisance calls, many of which are common sense but here are some tips from OfCom:
- Be careful who you give your contact details to, whether it's online, on the phone, or in person.
- Look carefully at any marketing ‘opt-in' and ‘opt-out' boxes. These boxes are often buried in the small print. If you don't pay attention to them, you could find yourself inadvertently agreeing to be contacted by companies you don't recognise.
- If someone rings and asks for financial information over the phone, such as your account details or PIN number, don't provide it.
- Talk to your phone provider to see what privacy services are available, and consider a call-blocker - though be aware, you may need to pay for these services.
- If you receive a nuisance call or message, make a complaint. Complaint information helps regulators take action against companies acting unlawfully. If the call is a live telesales call, an automated marketing message, or a spam text message, complain to the Information Commissioner's Office. You can report spam texts to your mobile network operator by simply forwarding the text to 7726. If you receive a silent or abandoned call, complain to Ofcom.