Police on Bute have warned householders on the island to be on their guard after a local resident received a phone call purporting to be from the ‘Telephone Preference Organisation’.
Inspector Gordon Anderson, the island’s senior police officer, told The Buteman: “A member of the public residing on Bute contacted the police stating she had received a phone call on Friday 17 January 2014 from a female caller stating she was from the Telephone Preference Organisation.
“The female spoke about cold callers, silent calls etc and then offered a service which would instal software onto the phone and would not only stop all nuisance calls and would also delete personal information from all the companies using cold calling techniques.
“This service was offered for approx £83. The number was also withheld.
“This call is thought to be a bogus caller. Please speak to your telephone service provider regarding stopping cold callers, unsolicited calls etc if you are concerned about similar calls. This service is available and should be free of charge.”
More information on opting out of unsolicited phone calls is available from the Telephone Preference Service website.