It is important to remember not to give out information about yourself to strangers. Often we do this without thinking, especially whilst talking on the telephone and it allows individuals to gather information about you.
Nuisance calls and messages can be inconvenient and annoying but they can also cause considerable distress and anxiety.
General Telephone Advice
- When you answer the phone, never give out your number. It is your personal identity – be careful what you do with it.
- If the caller claims to have a wrong number, do not tell them what your number is – get them to repeat the number they require.
- Do not reveal any information about yourself to a stranger.
- Never say you are alone in the house.
- Never give your bank details over the phone to an unknown caller.
Abusive or Threatening Calls
These can be extremely upsetting but try not to panic. Follow our simple advice and keep yourself safe.
- Put the receiver down and walk away.
- Come back a few minutes later and replace the receiver – do not listen to see if the caller is still there.
- Do not speak. Tell the police and the operator, if the calls continue.
- Keep a record of the date, time and content of each phone call to help us trace the caller.