A company called The Retirement Shop keeps cold-calling me. I don’t like being cold-called, so now I’m calling you, The Retirement Shop – I’m calling you out for your annoying phone calls.
The first conversation
My first conversation went like this:
(Imagine the voice of an Australian woman) “Hello there, is this Paul Jones?”
“Er, yeah… speaking.”
“Hi Paul, I represent an organisation who help expats with their pensions. I notice you’re living in Dublin now. Paul, I would like to organise a phone call with one of our pensions advisors. What time of day is best for you? Morning, afternoon, or evening?”
“Er… afternoon, I guess,” I said.
“Thank you. And can I ask you about the details of your pensions in the United Kingdom? Are you part of any pension schemes?”
The call was starting to scare me so I overcame my British politeness and hung up.
The next calls
Since then, The Retirement Shop have been calling me about twice a week. They seem to prefer mornings, which suits me fine because I’m asleep and have my phone on silent.
Here’s the date, time and number of each call so far:
|4 Oct 2016||11:50||00 44 20 3318 3823|
|7 Oct 2016||16:15||44 20 3318 4664|
|13 Oct 2016||15:36||44 20 3318 4664|
|14 Oct 2016||10:55||00 44 20 3868 7111|
|21 Oct 2016||11:31||44 20 3318 4664|
|26 Oct 2016||10:27||00 44 20 3868 7111|
|27 Oct 2016||13:19||00 44 20 3868 7111|
|28 Oct 2016||12:48||00 44 20 3868 7111|
That’s eight calls so far. I’m started to feel flattered.
The last conversation
A soft-spoken Englishman was the last representative to call me. I asked how they had obtained my details. How did they know I was in Ireland? Was it from my LinkedIn page?
“Yes, it was from LinkedIn,” he replied.
Liar! I haven’t updated my LinkedIn page in years. I know how they obtained my information. It was from Legal & General or Hargreaves Lansdown. You see, two weeks before the first phone call from The Retirement Shop, I told both brokers that I had moved to Ireland. I know it’s no coincidence that The Retirement Shop started calling soon after.
The solution is to block all The Retirement Shop’s numbers on your phone. Simple.
Let me know in the comments if The Retirement Shop has annoyed the fuck out of you too.