A MELTHAM man has been getting nuisance phone calls from America.

Anthony Vickers has been inundated with calls which involves a recorded message telling him he was won a prize.

When he traced the call he discovered it was an American company making speculative calls.

The 13-digit number features the voice of ‘Demetria’ who says she is conducting a survey.

But since then Mr Vickers has been receiving calls featuring a recorded message telling him he has won a prize.

To claim it he has to call another international company between specified hours.

Mr Vickers, of Highfield Crescent, said: “I’ve been getting the calls every day. It’s a right nuisance.

“It seems to be someone in the United States doing some kind of survey and people can win a prize.

“I thought it was just a one-off and said I’m not interested, but they’ve been ringing every day.

“I don’t know where they got my number from.”

Mr Vickers is a Virgin Media customer and the company have offered him help to stop further calls.

The 61-year-old added: “It’s a bit of a pain. I keep getting them on the 1571 (answer phone) service as well, with numbers on there having called and left messages.

“It tells me to call a long number, which I’m not doing.

“I wonder if any other people are getting this at the moment?”

Mr Vickers has got in touch with the Telephone Preference Service, which is an opt-out register where phone users can ask not to receive unsolicited calls.

He now wants to warn other people not to take part in the survey believing it will lead to further nuisance calls.

People receiving unwanted phone calls can get in touch with the TPS registration line on 0845 070 0707 or visit www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps/ for more information.


YOUR phone is ringing. You drop whatever you’re doing and dash halfway across the house to answer it; after all it could be important.

You pick up the receiver but soon discover it isn’t. It’s someone trying to flog you something you wouldn’t want for free. Maybe there’s a eerie silence at the other end of the line. Or, worse, it’s a fraudster trying to steal your identity and clear out your bank balance.

Now Examiner readers have the chance to fight back with our Name and Shame A Nuisance Caller Campaign.

Have you ever received unsolicited calls? Have they refused – no matter what you said – to take no for an answer? Have you received repeated calls despite pleas to be left alone? Has a caller offered you a prize you later found was too good to be true?

We want to know your stories. Let us know about the worst offenders, including companies who ignore the law to harass you. Contact us on 01484 437774, by emailing david.himelfield@examiner.co.uk or by writing to David Himelfield at the usual address.