Roadshows help crack down on spam

Vulnerable residents have been encouraged to attend a series of road shows aimed at cutting down on the unwanted spam, nuisance and marketing calls people receive at home.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s Trading Standards Service are holding the events - which will introduce people to technology called trueCall.

It can be fitted to domestic telephone lines to block all unwanted calls. It has an integrated answering machine and a whole host of other features, including the ability to record all calls, with no inconvenience to genuine callers.

Councillor Rhondda Geekie, the council’s convenor of policy and resources, said: “Companies put significant resources into this and they often use very unscrupulous methods. Others are looking to scam consumers of either their money or identity. The individuals involved in this type of activity can cause significant financial loss, which can have a devastating effect on victims.

“We want to protect our residents, particularly older and more vulnerable people living in East Dunbartonshire. Our pilot has been very successful and we now have the resources to roll this out further. I would urge people to come along to our road shows to find out more.”

The roadshow will be at Kirkintilloch’s Regent Centre on Wednesday, April 2, from 9.30am-12.30pm, then at B&Q in Strathkelvin Retail Park from 2-5pm on the same day.

Councillor Geekie said: “If you have a friend, relative or neighbour or you care for someone who you think could be vulnerable to these types of calls then this is a great opportunity to see the difference this technology could make.”

Call 0141 578 8813 for further information.