Unsolicited Telephone Calls

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 17th June 2010

UNSOLICITED TELEPHONE CALLS (and they are getting much more frequent)

I am absolutely sick and tired of unsolicited calls from people trying to sell me something especially as I have an Ex-Directory number with BT.  I have just received yet another offering me a Deaf Aid (what's that you say!!!) and when I asked how they got my number was given some Data address with whom I have never had dealings.  We are forced more and more to undertake transactions On-line and I ALWAYS tick the box which says I do not wish to receive any advertising etc. nor do I want my number shared with other organizations.

The other one is these Automated calls where you pick up - usually mid to late evening - and there is just a recorded message offering you credit or to sort out your debts etc.  Even when you punch Key Nine to stop the calls, they keep  on coming.  I've reached the stage where I rarely pick up the phone in the evening which means I sometimes miss out on calls from friends.  And even when I don't pick up, the jerks  have the cheek to leave messages on my Answer Machine.

How on earth does one stop these things - I think they should be made ILLEGAL.  It is an infringement of my rights that people should be given access to my telephone number.  I also get many calls for someone who has never lived at my address but obviously I was given a previously used number which is still registered to someone else.  In my last home for years  I was inundated with calls from Anglia Double Glazing because the previous owner had once asked for a quote.  No amount of pleading, threatening, begging could induce them to delete me from their Call list.  The calls only ceased when I left that address and I never asked the next owners if they too had been bombarded.

Sorry to be a grumble-guts but there's so much that angers me  about the intrusions of modern day living.  I remember the first time that I was shocked when I gave my name and was asked for my Postcode and up came my full address in a shop where I was purchasing a Washing Machine.  I've got used to that now but only because it goes on all the time.  You kind-of get worn down into accepting it all.  I reckon we must be the most spied upon country in Europe with far too many organizations having our personal details and passing them on.

 Alright, so I've found time to have a grumble, so why aren't I writing about Florence - I will, I will, I will ......................

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