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Uswitch comments on Ofcom ordering telephone providers to block scam calls coming from abroad

Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at Uswitch.com, comments: “Plans by Ofcom to block international callers pretending to be UK numbers is a positive step forward in reducing scam calls, and timely given their volume has significantly increased in the last year. 

“One telephone operator is already said to have implemented the measures, but other networks are still looking into how to make it work. 

“Ultimately, it is up to the providers to deliver the technical solutions to block these scammers from making contact. It's now down to Ofcom to push providers to deliver what they've agreed to.

“If you’re struggling with scam calls on your landline, make sure you have registered for the Telephone Preference Service, which should reduce the amount of sales and marketing calls you receive. If you suspect you’re being targeted by a scammer on your mobile, hang up immediately. You can also forward scam texts to 7726 which allows your provider to take action on your behalf.”

For more information about how to avoid nuisance calls on your mobile, read Uswitch’s guide here.


Izzy Green
Phone: 07913 954048
Email: isabel.green@rvu.co.uk
Twitter: @UswitchPR

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