Every year, thousands of complaints are made about nuisance phone calls, and in February last year, one firm alone was fined £350,000 for making more than 46 million automated calls.
To help tackle the problem Theresa May has announced the launch of a half-a-million-pound project which will see hi-tech trueCall call blocking devices installed in the homes of some of the most vulnerable people across the UK. These offer particular protection to those with dementia.
The project is being co-ordinated by the National Trading Standards Scams Team who ran a pilot project last year which resulted in 93% of participants feeling safer in their homes. This included one person who had previously paid £150,000 to a scam caller.