is there any type of security i can have on my account to block these leeches?
I agree with goslow about the trueCall device.Certainly worth checking it out.
A more low tech strategy is to only pickup calls from numbers that you recognise or are stored as contacts on your phone and let the rest got to voicemail. Scammers never leave messages but genuine callers will do.
That has the added advantage that because you never pick up scammers' calls, your number does not get flagged as a target for future calls. That may well lead to fewer scam calls in the future.
I also know several people who have given up on landlines altogether because the vast majority of calls they got were scam calls. A few have a landline simply because providers tend to give better deals if you have a landline as part of the package but they simply have no phones plugged in. I am on the verge of moving to that model because I get very few genuine calls on my landline.
One other point I would make is that signing up to the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) will have absolutely no effect on reducing the number of scam calls.
Signing up to TPS simply means that you are telling "genuine" UK telephone marketeers that you do not wish to be cold called. Scammers take no notice whatsoever of such niceties. Putting up a "Burglars keep out" sign in your front garden is not going to stop your house being broken into is it?
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