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Campaigns Stop nuisance calls in Scotland

Our campaign to stop nuisance calls in Scotland is closed

Thank you to everyone who supported our campaign.
With your support we convinced the Scottish Government to act.
In September 2017, they launched an action plan.
Continue to support our nuisance calls campaigning work here.

29,340 have signed

We called on the Scottish Government to cut off cold calls

When we found out that nine in ten Scots had suffered from nuisance calls to their landline, we knew we had to act. We launched our Calling Time on Nuisance Calls campaign back in 2013 and then set our sights on the Scottish Government.

Thanks to your support for our two year campaign, we convinced the Scottish Government to hold a nuisance calls summit. This summit resulted in the creation of a Commission, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown MSP. The Commission’s work led to the Scottish Government publishing its Nuisance Calls Action Plan in September 2017 as part of Which?’s nuisance calls roadshow held in Glasgow.

While our work on nuisance calls in Scotland has come to a close, you can still see what we’re up to at a UK wide level. Read more about we achieved together in the update below and don’t forget you can check out our advice on protecting yourself from nuisance calls and texts.

Margit’s nuisance ordeal

“I’m a widow running a small Post Office on a remote Scottish community of 60 people. I get nuisance calls daily, once as many as 30. One so-called ‘energy supplier’ told me my contract was running out and I would be cut off if I didn’t sign a new one with him. Nuisance calls target vulnerable people and frighten them into doing something they would never do otherwise. I’m afraid to answer the phone at all now.”


Six tips to stop nuisance calls

1. Register your number with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) for free

2. Don’t consent to be contacted by third parties

3. Consider using call blocking technology

4. Report a nuisance call or text using our free tool below

5. Go ex-directory and make it harder for you to be contacted

6. If nuisance calls persist, contact your phone company

Report your nuisance calls

Report a call or text using our free tool and it could be the most expensive call the perpetrator’s ever made – your action could result in the company paying a £500,000 fine.

Jot down the company’s name, number they called from, date and time of call – then click through to use our reporting tool.