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No one should have to put up with unwanted calls or texts. Here are some ways to avoid them.

Types of calls and texts

Types of calls and texts

Unwanted calls or texts could be from sales and marketing companies trying to sell goods or services, or unsolicited text messages (spam) inviting you to urgently call a premium rate and text services. They could also simply be calls from a number you no longer want to be able to contact you.

Please note: all text messages sent from EE will clearly state they're from us in the sender information. If it doesn’t say it’s from us in the sender information, then it’s not from us.

Unwanted sales or marketing calls

If you receive a call from a company that you don’t know or don’t want to hear from, you should:

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    ask who’s phoning – the calling agent must give you the name of the caller and, if you ask for it, the address of the caller or a free phone number

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    tell them you no longer wish to receive live marketing or sales calls

You could also:

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    register your landline or mobile number with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). This free service allows you to register your preference not to receive any unsolicited telesales calls

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    register a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) 

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    report silent or recorded message calls to the Ofcom website, or by calling them on 0300 123 3333

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    if you still get unsolicited calls from companies you can register a complaint on the TPS website, or text call and the caller’s number to 7726

DO NOT give any information about yourself, especially bank details. You should only give people you know and trust personal information, including your name and phone number.

Unwanted sales or marketing texts

To report spam texts to us, forward the message to 7726.

You can also:

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    reply STOP to the text message. Only do this if you know the company that texted you. You can learn more about the ‘STOP’ command on the Phone-paid Services Authority website 

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    DO NOT reply to the text if you don’t know the company – the sender will know the message was received and may send more 

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    DO NOT call any premium rate number included in unsolicited text messages (often beginning 090) unless you know the service you’re calling. To check the number, use the Number Checker on the PSA website

Malicious calls

If you receive malicious calls:

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    keep calm – malicious calls are often made by people trying to get a reaction. Staying calm often stops them

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    DO NOT give any information about yourself, especially bank details. You should only give people you know and trust personal information, including your name and phone number

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    DO NOT give out your mobile number. When you answer just say "Hello" rather than giving your name and number

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    if the call is malicious, and direct threats have been made against you or your family, you should report it the police

Blocking calls and texts on your device

Blocking calls and texts on your device

Most handsets allow you to block certain numbers from being able to call or text you. When activated, callers will be diverted to your voicemail. Setting this up is easy, free, and varies depending on the handset you have.

Blocking calls

To block calls:
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    open your phone dialler and go to Settings (or sometimes More)

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    look for a call blocking section where you can manage a list of numbers

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    you may also be able to do this from your call log – select the number or contact and look for a block option

Blocking texts

To block texts:
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    open your phone’s messaging app and go to more/settings 

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    look for a block option and choose a number

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    you can also open a message, go to more/settings and look for a block option

Please note: apps such as WhatsApp or Facebook messenger work independently, and you’ll need to set up a block from within those apps to prevent contact.

> You can find more detailed instructions for your phone in our device guides

Still having issues?

Still having issues?

Reporting nuisance calls and texts via Which?

Which? are currently running the ‘Calling time on nuisance calls and texts’ campaign. Every complaint reported helps with the fight to stop nuisance calls and texts.

> Report a nuisance call or text now

Reporting malicious, threatening or abusive calls

Some people make calls to cause anxiety, upset or annoyance. You don’t have to put up with it and should report them to the police straight away. The police might then be able to trace where the calls are coming from. They’ll contact your supplier if they need to do that.

Top Tip

Be careful which box you tick – sometimes when you fill in forms, either online or in person, companies will ask if it’s OK for them or other companies to get in touch with you.

Read this section carefully as sometimes there's a box for you to check, but sometimes you might need to uncheck a box.

 
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