tobyaw: (Frogmarch 2002 - Whitby)
posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 03:20pm on 11/11/2013 under ,
Just had a cold call from “Life Protect Bureau”, a Swansea-based life insurance adviser. Apparently they wanted me to update my details for an 18-month review of my life insurance, despite me having no relationship with them.

The caller was dim, menacious, or both, insisting that she wasn’t trying to sell me anything, and telling me that since they were providing a free service, it couldn’t be a cold call. She used a “data protection” excuse to get past Kate answering my phone, and then implied that they were working on behalf of all UK insurers to update information in light of changed European regulations.

I hate lying salespeople, particularly when they claim not to be selling anything.

My phone numbers are on do-not-call lists, but I get an annoying number of calls, more often about PPI mis-selling. I’m pretty sure that the annoyance from PPI cold calls and TV adverts is worse than the original mis-selling scandal.

Years ago we used to regularly get door-to-door salesmen from Scottish Power, trying to get us to change gas and electricity supplier. They always claimed not to be selling anything, and were just providing information, and then usually came out with some tale about lots of our neighbours changing to Scottish Power. It just made the public face of the company appear to be lying toerags, arguing with me on my doorstep.
location: St Andrews, Scotland

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