It has come to our attention that some of these companies continually change their names. Please be aware of these companies and just because they are not listed here does not mean that they are legitimate. TPS is the official opt out register and registration is FREE.
The Telephone Preference Service is completely free to consumers.
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 with TPS.
We will not contact you again in relation to your registration (unless you have number(s) registered with the Corporate TPS, where we 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 TPS or affiliated with 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 us by consumers are:
SAIS Corp Ltd
Icon Global Services
Biztek (or Bisdek) Telecomms
Consumer Advice Bureau
- our advice is NOT to pay them.
There are other companies that are not necessarily scams but they are not TPS. They usually claim to offer a similar or even an enhanced service to TPS.
They make exaggerated claims about the effectiveness of their service and may even suggest that TPS does not work.
Some of these companies are listed below:
CPR Global (previously known as the Call Prevention Registry)
Opt Out UK
Anti Marketing Group
The Advertising Protection Agency (TAPA)
Stop Unwanted Calls
No More Marketing
The Nuisance Call Registry
IPC Intelligent Protection For Consumers
Call Prevention Service
Secure Telephone Service
AKA Silver Linings
Telephone Restriction Services
Telephone Blocking Services
Call Blocking Services (CBS)
Cold Call Registry
Telephone Preferencing Company (TPC)
The Nuisance Prevention Service
AKA . Nuisance prevention Agency
AKA . Nuisance 2 Aware
Home Guard Direct Data Security
Cold Call Elimination Team
Telecom Preference Service
Stop These Calls
Telephone Preference Blocking Service
Call Preference Service
Call Prevention Service
Call Blocking Registry
Telecom Protection Service
All of the above are commercial organisations, all of which charge consumers for a service that is unregulated, some make it clear that they charge whilst others don't and will call later asking for payment.
TPS is the only official Opt Out service that companies are required to abide by under the UK law and that is regulated by Ofcom. the UK Telecoms regulator and enforced by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). If you have registered with any of the above companies or feel that you were misled into thinking that they were associated with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) please raise your concerns with the company directly or your local Trading Standards as appropriate. You may also wish to raise your concerns with your local Trading Standards if your experience of the effectiveness of the service for which you have paid any of these companies doesn.t reflect the claims made on the respective website.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) expects that all advertising online is legal, decent, honest and truthful, If you feel that any of the claims made on the websites of the companies listed above fails to comply with the ASA guideline you may wish to raise your concerns with the ASA directly http://www.asa.org.uk/Contact-us.aspx
If you have any information on these types of companies (phone number, web address), please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org