Martin Lewis: What happened when a spam PPI firm tried to call me…

Like everyone else, over the years I’ve had a good number of spam texts and calls telling me I was owed “£3,728” or whatever their baloney lie is (these neither mean you aren’t or are owed PPI, they’re just random spam). And occasionally I’ve had the odd call, usually those auto-dial auto-message horrors.  

Yet on one occasion it was a woman who called, and for one of the few times in my life, I couldn’t resist using the ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ line. From my (admittedly very sketchy) memory, after she’d given me the PPI sales spiel, it went something like this…

Me: “Have you heard of Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert?”
Her: (Pause) “Er... yes.”
Me: “Well, you’re talking to him.”
Her: (Longer pause) “Er, OK... oops.”
Me: “Please do mention to your bosses that I’d prefer not to be called again.”

The phone went quiet and she said thanks and goodbye. But last week I had a tweet from the very lady herself, who it turns out is called Joyce, and with her kind permission (she no longer works for a PPI firm, instead she runs a B&B in the Lake District) here is what she said...