OK so here’s my anti-Marketeering rant for this year. have really pissed me off. I made an enquiry about Life Insurance – the kind with critical illness cover. I guess I was getting worried that one day – heaven forbid – the pesky back might really go awol and cripple me. It’s not likely, tbh, I’ve been managing it well for more than two decades and this was just a bad year, but I thought I’d investigate the prices, etc, anyway. So after loads of paperwork and emails and phonecalls, eventually I get a reasonable quote, am
reasonably satisfied, and prepared to go ahead. Then all of a sudden the insurer sends another letter saying they’ve thought about it, and decided not to cover me for ‘disability’ of any kind. Basically, they won’t cover me for the only thing that’s likely to even potentially be a problem. No point in having the insurance then, really. So in the next phonecall I tell the girl I’ve decided I don’t want the policy after all. I’ll repeat that – I TELL THE GIRL I DON”T WANT THE POLICY AFTER ALL. She starts into trying to persuade me different and I keep saying NO. Then the signal goes and the call dies. She leaves a message, while the signal is dead, saying she’ll send the paperwork anyway. Then, I go away to Peru. I leave an answerphone message for any callers – “i’m in Peru, won’t be taking or making any calls until September.” Yep. You’ve guessed it. Two or three mornings a week, for the next three weeks, and I mean 4am in Peru, she calls me. She sends text messages asking me WHEN I want my policy to start. I respond to the text messages, but these are clearly generic and not getting
back to her. She calls again. Of course I don’t answer – would you answer the phone at 4am?? There’s more text messages. I write to the email address I got the emails from – to no avail. reserve
the right, clearly, to contact you in whatever way they see fit, by email, text, and by phone, but the only way you are allowed to communicate with them is by phone, to their phone number, which at International Roaming Rates I am NOT prepared to pay, when all it is is to say AGAIN that I DO NOT WANT THE POLICY.

Home at last, I find a letter from them, which arrives the day after I return, wanting me to tick boxes and add comments, suggesting they’re not going to contact me anymore unless I want them to. At last! So I tick the boxes saying NO, and leave a terse message reflecting my annoyance at the way they have harrassed me whilst I was away on holiday. And this morning, still fighting jetlag, having got to sleep at about 5am, they call again, at 9.15am. Of course I didn’t answer. I will never have ANY THING to do with confused-dot-anything ever again – and will tell anyone who cares to ask that this company will HARASS YOU TO THE GRAVE if ever you dare give them your mobile phone number.

I have created a silent ringtone in GarageBand on my Mac, and transferred it to my iPhone, and made it the custom ringtone for the ConfusedLife phone number they always ring me on. I will never hear them call me again.

UPDATE: 3/10/10
Got a letter from apologising, with £50 of Capital Bonds vouchers to spend as an ex gratia payment to sweeten the apology. Credit where credit’s due, I think they’ve done very well with this, as I didn’t expect anything – just wanted to register my annoyance! Clearly they want to maintain their image as a caring company, and I am assured by their letter that they have learnt lessons from my experience. Good!

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