First off, lets take a look at the TPS.
On their web-site, they list 12 types of nuisance calls - guess what, they do not deal with 10 out of those 12.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that they are useless, only that there is a lot that they do not cover.
Needless to say, the scammers and spammers have found out how to fall into the categories that they do not cover.
One in particular is the “Recorded Message”. So the phone rings, you pick it up and a voice says "This is a recorded message about … ". You press 1471 and find that it was a UK 0845 … number. TPS? Sorry, the TPS do not handle recorded messages. You have to report that to the Office of the Information Commissioner. Try doing that!
Not always a lot of help.
“Caller witheld their number” can mean just that, or it can simply mean that it is a legitimate call, going through a large switchboard system that does not have a human operator.
“We do not have the caller’s number …” usually means that it is a call coming from overseas. We all know that this usuallt means scam or spam, but it could be the family overseas.
Wow, it is a UK number - so we can complain to the TPS. Oh dear, it comes into one of the categories they don’t want to deal with.
Ok, so I have two. The normal one is a flip phone with big buttons, so that my tired old fingers can text - usually just within the family. The number has never been given to any outside organisation. My bank keep prodding me for it, and I keep ignoring them. Give it out once and you do not know who it has been sold on to. Of course, it is registered with the TPS as well, but if it is a text, they do not want to know.
The second one is a phone that will talk to the bluetooth hands-free system in my car - very few people have that number. The good thing is that the car display tells me who an incoming call is from, so I get the option of not answering.
The problem is that even if you take precautions - like goodtotalk, or like me, there is always the call that come at a time when you are expecting a call that you do not want to miss (for a hospital appointment, say) so you hurry to answer it, and find out it is a junk call - to me that calls for some sort of retaliation. Of all the things that I have tried, the # key seems the best (even had one caller say “Stop pressing the hash key!” - so it must do something they do not like.