Bogus TPS Calls
Article added: 08/01/2013
The Telephone Preference Service is run by the Direct Marketing Association on behalf of Ofcom and is completely free to consumers.
The TPS will not call a subscriber of the service to ask for personal details or payment to complete a registration.
If you have registered via the web and have received an e-mail confirmation and clicked on the attached link, that's it! Your number will be registered for FREE on the TPS register which is used by thousands of legitimate companies to screen their outbound call lists.
The TPS will not contact you again in relation to your registration (unless you have number(s) registered with the Corporate TPS, where they will contact you annually by email to renew your subscription - this is still a free service).
If you do receive a call from someone claiming to be from the TPS or a similar sounding organisation, asking for personal information or charging you for this service, our advice is to not pay or give them any personal details, it is most likely a scam.
We are aware of a number of organisations that call from overseas, possibly India, claiming to be the TPS or affiliated with the TPS or BT. They ask for your credit card details to complete a registration to stop unwanted calls. They often claim that you previously gave your permission for this call. This is a scam. Never give out your credit card details over the phone.
The names of some of these organisations, given to the TPS by consumers are:
- The Anti-Marketing Group
- Alien Touch
- SAIS Corp Ltd
- Icon Global Services
- IG Services
- Biztek (or Bisdek) Telecoms
- Consumer Advice Bureau
- our advice is NOT to pay them.