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Nuisance calls and messages

We would advise you to read our nuisance calls guide.

It includes advice on the various types of calls, tips on how to stop them and details of who to complain to.

Guide to nuisance calls and messages

You can also lodge your complaint by clicking the buttons below.


Silent calls

The phone rang but there was no one on the other end of the line.

Information from consumers who have been affected by silent calls is important to Ofcom. Although we can’t investigate individual cases, your complaints can lead to us launching investigations and ultimately to us taking action.

Abandoned calls

You were played an information message from a company saying it had tried to call you but none of its operators were free to take the call. (If you were played a recorded marketing message, see below)

Information from consumers who have been affected by abandoned calls is important to Ofcom. Although we can’t investigate individual cases, your complaints can lead to us launching investigations and ultimately to us taking action.

Unsolicited telesales calls


Contact the organisation calling you and tell them you no longer wish to be called and/or register your telephone number with the Telephone Preference Service.

If the problems continue, complain to the TPS or the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Recorded marketing message calls

A recorded marketing message was played when you answered the phone.

You should contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Unsolicited marketing faxes

A marketing fax has been sent to your personal/business fax machine.

You should contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Unsolicited marketing texts

You’ve received a text marketing a particular product or service.

You should contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Abusive calls

Malicious, abusive or threatening calls, whether from people you know or from strangers, are a criminal offence.

Immediately call your phone company and ask for their nuisance or malicious calls team.

If the caller is making direct threats to you or your family and you believe those threats to be real and immediate, you must call 999 straightaway.

If you believe that the threats made are not immediate, then you should call your local police station (101 from any landline or mobile phone).

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