Free Call Blockers To Help Prevent Nuisance Phone Calls 06/07/2020 12:32:40 
Written by Neighbourhood Alert on July 6, 2020
Article Published on Monday July 6, 2020 11:32 AM by Neighbourhood Alert
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| *** CALL BLOCKER APPLICATIONS START 9am WEDNESDAY 8TH JULY – LIMITED AVAILABILITY ***|
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The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team are re-opening applications for free call blockers on 8th July 9am to help protect people in receipt of scam or nuisance phone calls and feel their circumstance may make them more likely to fall for a scam.
Applications are only for applicants who can install the unit themselves, you will not be able to apply on behalf of anyone.
Applications can be made through their website: www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk/callblocker
What Is A Call Blocker And How Does It Work?
The NTS Scams Team is supplying the trueCall Secure Plus call blocker unit.
You can watch some short animations on how the unit works here: https://youtu.be/s7TtnfVLNFI.
The call blocker checks the caller’s number. If it is a trusted caller then it allows the phone to ring as normal. If the caller isn’t recognised, then the call blocker acts as a personal assistant by intercepting the call and asking the caller to identify themselves.
This process blocks unwanted calls without the phone ever ringing. If you want even more protection, the call blocker can completely block calls from unrecognised callers with an automated message asking them to hang up and call a nominated person if their call is important. The unit plugs into an existing phone and phone line, it can work alongside broadband and/or lifeline/pendant devices that are already installed.
To find out if you are eligible for a free call blocker, please apply online: www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk/callblocker
Please note that there will be a very limited number of units and they will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
What Happens Next?
During this link, the unit will transfer a list of the recently blocked scam and nuisance calls for the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team to investigate.
However, the unit will also perform this link if it is reset (e.g. turned on/off, unplugged/plugged in, during a power cut). The NTS Scams Team recommends that once installed, you do not unplug or switch off the unit from the power or from your phone to avoid any unnecessary charges.
At no point will anyone contact you out of the blue from the project and request money.
The trueCall Secure Plus call blocking unit comes with three years free access to the internet control panel. This control panel allows you to view incoming and outgoing calls and you are able to set up the unit preferences. However, after three years you are asked to opt in to continue this service which is currently £10 for one year, £15 for two years or £20 for three years access.
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