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TPS - Telephone Preference Service, does it work? The Facts are that for the majority it does not. 0

TPS - Telephone Preference Service, does it work? The Facts are that for the majority it does not.


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The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is a UK-based opt-out registry for direct marketing calls. Numbers on the registry must not be contacted by a commercial entity through the phone. Many of our customers choose to sign up for the Telephone Preference Service as an aid to lowering their nuisance calls.

The Telephone Preference Service does not block nuisance calls, neither does it enforce the law or prosecute criminal organisations. It is however a useful tool for companies that desire to undertake responsible marketing. Signing up for the Telephone Preference Service should lower or even eradicate nuisance calls from responsible companies, however it will not stop the unscrupulous and calls coming from outside of the United Kingdom. Also, certain types of calls such as surveys can still legally call numbers on the Telephone Preference Service registry. Some companies use this loophole to begin calls in the form of a survey, which ends up becoming a sales call.



We believe our customers should sign up for the Telephone Preference Service since it also provides useful statistics for the Information Commissioner's Office.
These statistics allow the government to make informed decisions on nuisance calls policy and craft responses to nuisance and scam calls.

To effectively block all unwanted calls to the home phone the solution is call blocking technology. A call blocker used alongside Telephone Preference Service registration is the most effective means for reducing and removing nuisance calls from the phone.

Register for the TPS here: http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps/number_type.html
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Will a statement be made on tackling scams in Wales?

Will a statement be made on tackling scams in Wales? 0

Labour MP Mike Hedges, called for a focus on scam prevention in Wales and a national conference on it at today's First Ministers Wales questions.

You can watch the full coverage here:
http://www.senedd.tv/Meeting/Index/5817ba38-4bea-45dd-87e5-5a530327215e

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Survey reveals top 5 nuisance calls of 2016

Survey reveals top 5 nuisance calls of 2016 0

Almost nine out of 10 Americans (89 percent) receive nuisance calls each month, according to a recent survey.

The survey from CPR Call Blocker also reveals the top five nuisance calls received in the U.S. last year.

The survey also says that 13 percent of American adults have been a victim of a telephone scam. Of those who have been scammed, almost half (48 percent) said they had lost between $100 and $10,000 as a result of a scam, with 4 percent having lost more than $10,000.

Here are the top five nuisance calls received by American adults last year, according to CPR Call Blocker’s survey:

1. Robocalls/automated messages (66 percent)

2. Credit card/loan arrangers (28 percent)

3. Charitable causes (23 percent)

4. Telephone/long distance call providers (11 percent)

5. Lottery/sweepstake providers (10 percent)

While not all calls are scams, the shocking statistics show that organizations making these unwanted calls are ignoring consumers’ requests to be removed from call lists, as 60 percent claim to receive repeated calls from the same organization despite telling them to stop calling.

Almost a third (32 percent) of Americans are receiving 20 or more unwanted calls a month, with almost a fifth (18 percent) receiving 30 or more calls.

Kris Kicks of CPR Call Blocker said: “With nine out of 10 people saying they receive unwanted calls each month, scam and nuisance calls continue to be a major problem for people in the U.S., and it’s often the most vulnerable people in society who are falling victim to telephone scams. It is concerning to see the rise in robocalls, which makes a shocking first appearance at No. 1 this year — probably down to the hard-fought presidential campaign.”

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Which is worse: Robocall or credit card caller?

Which is worse: Robocall or credit card caller? 0

Almost nine out of 10 people (89 percent) in America receive nuisance calls each month. according to a recent survey that revealed the top five nuisance calls received in the United States last year.

The YouGov survey commissioned by CPR Call Blocker, revealed that 13 percent of U.S. adults have been a victim of a telephone scam. Of those who have been scammed, almost half (48 percent) said they had lost between $100 and $10,000 as a result with 4 percent having lost more than $10,000.

Here were the top five nuisance calls received by U.S. adults last year:

1. Robocalls/automated messages (66 percent)

2. Credit card/loan arrangers (28 percent)

3. Charitable causes (23 percent)

4. Telephone/long distance call providers (11 percent)

5. Lottery/sweepstake providers (10 percent)

While not all calls are scams, the shocking statistics show that organizations making these unwanted calls are ignoring consumers’ requests to be removed from call lists as 60 percent claim to receive repeated calls from the same organization despite telling them to stop calling.

Almost a third (32 percent) of Americans are receiving 20 or more unwanted calls a month, with almost a fifth (18 percent) receiving 30 or more calls.

Kris Kicks of CPR Call Blocker said: “With nine out of ten people saying they receive unwanted calls each month, scam and nuisance calls continue to be a major problem for people in the United States and its often the most vulnerable people in society who are falling victim to telephone scams.

“It is concerning to see the rise in robocalls which makes a shocking first appearance at number one this year – probably down to the hard-fought presidential campaign.”

CPR Call Blocker, which manufactures a call-blocking device, commissions the research annually to highlight the scale of unwanted calls across the US. The device is plugged into home phones and allows consumers to cut off unwanted calls as they come in and permanently block them from calling again. Their latest model, CPR Call Blocker Shield, is already pre-programmed to block 2,000 known nuisance callers and gives consumers the option to add a further 1,500. The device models range in price from $59.99 to $99.99. More information is available from www.callblockerusa.com or www.amazon.com.
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Welsh Firm Recommended by Amazon

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CPR Call Blocker Becomes One of First Welsh Companies to Feature on Amazon Choice in the US

CPR Call Blocker Becomes One of First Welsh Companies to Feature on Amazon Choice in the US 0

A Swansea-based company has become one of the first Welsh companies to feature on the new Amazon Choice service in the U.S.

CPR Call Blocker, which produces the world’s best selling standalone nuisance and scam call blocking device, will automatically recommended when users of Amazon’s Echo speaker, the personal assistant smart device, ask to buy a call blocker in the US.

Head of Marketing at CPR Call Blocker, Kris Hicks, said:

“We are extremely proud to be one of the first Welsh companies to feature on such an impressive new service as Amazon Choice and in a country the size of the United States. Unfortunately nuisance and scam calls are on the rise in the US but our easy to use call blocker can help tackle the issue at the touch of a button.”

The CPR Call Blocker device plugs into a landline and allows users to block unwanted calls at the touch of a button and is already pre-programmed with up to 5000 known rogue callers. According to Amazon spokesperson Kinley Pearsall, Amazon Choice chooses which products to recommend on a variety of factors including rating and shipping speed. There is no current way for products to request to feature on Amazon Choice, they must be hand-chosen by Amazon.

Kris continued:

“To become a featured product on Amazon Choice shows how well we are doing in the US and is testament to the positive ratings we receive day in, day out on the world’s largest retailer. In fact we are the world’s best selling call blocker with five different models to suit all needs and budgets.”

In addition to this, CPR Call Blocker’s presence in the US has been strengthened by the company teaming up with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to run a unique pilot programme on nuisance and scam calls. CPR Call Blocker has supplied the Attorney General’s Office with its call blockers, which will be given out for free of charge to Arizona senior citizens who receive high levels of nuisance and scam callers on their landlines.

The participants in the programme will be asked to complete a short survey before the call blockers are installed and at the end of the 90 day programme to see what differences they noticed.

Kris said:

“We have worked closely with the police and trading standards in the UK to undertake similar pilot studies which have led to CPR Call Blocker becoming Trading Standards and Police approved in the UK. We hope to have the same success in the US and that Arizona is the first of many Attorney General’s Office’s that we engage with in helping to eradicate nuisance and scam calls.”


For more information on CPR Call Blocker visit www.cprcallblocker.com

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