Hugh Grant appeals for help after his father, 89, is targeted by nuisance callers trying to sell him 'computer insurance'
- The 57-year-old star asked his Twitter fans for help in identifying the cold callers
- He thanked his fans for suggestions and said he would report the calls to police
- Hollywood actor is about to become a father for the fifth time in seven years
Hugh Grant has appealed to Twitter for help after his 89-year-old father - who is about to become a grandad for the fifth time - was targeted by nuisance callers.
The Notting Hill star asked his fans today if they had heard of a company called 'PC Gates' who he said tried to flog computer insurance to his father on two occasions.
And his adoring followers flocked to offer up useful suggestions as to how his dad James could deter cold callers in the future.
Hugh Grant, 57, appealed to Twitter for help after his 89-year-old father James was targeted by nuisance callers
Laura F advised: 'My grandmother uses an old police whistle that sits by her phone. If she is being sold something, she just gives it a hearty toot and hangs up (Same age as your father)'.
Delighted with the idea, Grant wrote back to her: 'Genius. Thanks.'
An hour later he thanked everyone for their help and said he would be reporting the cold callers to the police.
He added: 'And every elderly parent should be warned about this kind of thing.'
Hugh's father James Murray Grant was an artist and carpet salesman, according to his son's IMDb profile.
The callers are said to have identified themselves as employees of 'PC Gates' and tried to sell computer insurance to James Grant (pictured with his son and wife at the Bridget Jones's Diary premiere after-party in 2001)
Hugh asked his fans if they had ever heard of the mysterious company, which he said rang his dad on two occasions
He later thanked them for stepping in to offer suggestions and advice, warning about the dangers of nuisance callers targeting elderly people
The actor is set to become a father for the fifth time in seven years with his TV producer girlfriend Anna Eberstein.
Hugh and Anna have two young children together - a son John, born in 2012, and a second child, born in December 2015.
The Bridget Jones star is also dad to Tabitha, six, and Felix, four, from his previous relationship with Tinglan Hong.
The actor is set to become a father for the fifth time in seven years with his TV producer girlfriend Anna Eberstein
The Bridget Jones star is also dad to Tabitha, six, and Felix, four, from his previous relationship with Tinglan Hong (pictured)
A 2016 joint study by consumer lobby group Which? and call-blocking firm trueCall found that British households receive up to 60 cold calls every month.
This accounts for almost half of all telephone calls to UK homes.
However, statistics indicate nuisance callers only have a one to three per cent success rate in signing people up for initial appointments.
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