Cold callers - Police advice

Officers are asking residents to be cautious when dealing with unsolicited sales calls after being contacted by residents that have been cold-called by a company selling therapeutic aids. The company is targeting older residents in the county, falsely claims to have received a referral from the local GP surgery and arranges an appointment to attend the home address.

The organisations which make these calls or supply these mailings often obtain householder information from commercial data companies which sell contact lists.

Consumers can register with a number of preference services to assist householders to stop some direct marketing companies making such contact; these include:

Telephone preference service -to reduce/stop unsolicited sales or marketing calls

Registration Line 0845 070 0707

DMA House,70 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8SS

Website www.tpsonline.org.uk

Mailing Preference Service - to reduce/stop addressed direct marketing mail

Tel: 0845 703 4599

Freepost 29 LON20771, London, W1E 0ZT

Royal Mail Door to door opt outs - to reduce/stop unaddressed (i.e to the occupier/householder) mail and leaflets delivered by Royal Mail

Tel: 01793 483853

Freepost RRBT-ZBXB-TTTS, Door-to-door opt-outs, Royal Mail, Kingsmead House, Oxpens Road, OXFORD, OX1

Email: optout@royalmail.co.ukor visitJunk buster