A new study has found that the average person in Nottinghamshire receives 12 nuisance calls every month.
The research by CPR Call Blocker also revealed that eight per cent of people have reported they receive a staggering 26 to 30 nuisance calls on a monthly basis.
The most prolific types of nuisance calls to be received in Nottinghamshire are PPI claims and car accident compensation followed by automated marketing calls.
More than half of residents in Nottinghamshire have had a nuisance caller consistently call them over a period of time, even though they have told them to stop calling.
What’s more, 22 per cent of people have either been scammed over the telephone or know someone who has been.
The survey also revealed that one in five of us have handed over money to a charity because we felt guilty and pressured rather than having a genuine interest in the charity.
Giviing money and personal details over the phone is causing consumers in Nottinghamshire to worry for the vulnerable with 21 per cent saying nuisance calls are the biggest concern for elderly relatives living on their own.
Kris Hicks from CPR Call Blocker, who commissioned the research said: “It’s often the most vulnerable people in society who are the most susceptible to being scammed over the phone and our research shows that nuisance calls rank highly on the list of concerns we have for elderly relatives living on their own.
“So what can we do to empower ourselves against nuisance callers?
“There are several options such as adding your details to the Telephone Preference Service and giving out a call blocking number such as 01111111111, when asked to provide your phone number on a form. You can also complain to Ofcom and report nuisance numbers to the Information Commissioners Officer.
“An immediate solution to the problem is to install a call blocker to your landline which allows you to cut off unwanted calls as they come in and permanently stop them from calling you again.”
If you are concerned about nuisance calls and want more information about how to stop them then visit the CPR website www.cprcallblocker.com/tips.